The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education voted to adopt proposed changes to more than 60 of the district’s 178 schools following a five-month comprehensive review of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in the midst of a severe funding shortage.
The most contentious battle came from supporters of Waddell High School who at least wanted to delay the vote with the hopes that their school would be saved. The board rejected the proposal to delay the vote, prompting a chant of “No justice no peace” from some in the audience. One woman was arrested as a result.
The board later voted for most of the changes and closings to the 60 schools as recommended by staff. This means Waddell students would be shifted to Harding, and Smith Academy would take the Waddell building.
“We made painful decisions to close and consolidate schools and move children, teachers and staff based on whether schools were underperforming, underutilized or both – with the goal of putting affected students in better-performing, better-utilized schools and cutting buildings first before teachers and programs,” said Eric C. Davis, chairperson of the Board of Education. “It was crucial to make decisions now so families, teachers and staff throughout the system would have time to make plans for the school year ahead. We believe the changes being made will give children in this community the best education possible during these trying times.” […]