Large and loud crowd doesn’t deter CMS Board from closing schools

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.” Continue reading

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Law firm donates computers to Habitat Matthews

Habitat Matthews and Weaver, Bennett & Bland,P.A.  have entered into a partnership that will net the non-profit 15 computers. Weaver, Bennett & Bland,P.A are getting a new set of 15 computers and will donate their few-years-old CPUs to Habitat. “The partners at the firm have a strong desire to keep the computers in the community, so they thought that Habitat and our families would be the perfect fit,” a press release from Habitat said.

Habitat also has hopes of expanding its ReStore and office, allowing them to serve more families and be a greater presence in the community. The computer donations from W, B & B would provide Habitat homeowners with computers at the office. In addition, they have agreed to letting affiliate sell the computers at a significantly discounted rate to families. As a result, the funds that Habitat raises can go directly back to our homebuilding program so they can provide for more families in the community.

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Mint Hill mall land now controlled by Howard Hughes Corporation?

It’s been a big week for General Growth Properties, the driving force behind building a mall in Mint Hill. The company not only exited bankruptcy, but officially spun off The Howard Hughes Corporation. The two companies became linked through a deal in Las Vegas. This morning, the Bridges at Mint Hill is now listed under The Howard Hughes website, and not General Growth. The HHC website says of the Mint Hill project,

The Bridges at Mint Hill is a prime placement in the underserved southeast corner of the thriving Charlotte metropolitan area.  The Howard Hughes Corporation is currently considering the opportunities for this property given evolving market conditions.

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