Former Butler and Big I players return Saturday

[singlepic=51,250,170,watermark,left]Virgina Tech players Jarrett Boykin and Eddie Whitley return to the area Saturday to open the 2008 college football season. Boykin was Butler’s best receiver last year, and he was also a great all-around talent for the Bulldogs. Boykin and Whitley aren’t the only local players opening the season in Bank of America Stadium. East Carolina’s Dominique Lindsay and D.J. McFadden graduated from Independence. This is Lindsay’ senior season at ECU.

The game is televised Saturday at noon on ESPN.

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Patriots collect more than $1,000 for patriots

[singlepic=39,200,120,,right]Independence football players collected $1,349 to donate to the United Services Organization. The players were at seven businesses in and around Mint Hill. The players also collected disposable cameras, magazines and phone cards. The items will be presented September 26 to the USO during halftime of the Independence vs. Myers Park football game. Independence team mom Teresa Oliver, one of the collection effort organizers, said Independence has contacted Myers Park about participating in the USO collection.

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School starts today for Queen’s Grant!

Claudia De La Mora, Spanish teacher at Queen's Grant Prep, get's ready for the first day of school.

Claudia De La Mora of Queen's Grant

While CMS kids have a couple more days before school starts, Queen’s Grant k-8 and high school started today. The high school is located at Garr Christian Academy for hopefully half the school year while the new building on Lawyers Road gets built. Also new at the high school are 11th graders. For about changes at the high school, pick up a copy of today’s Mint Hill Times.

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Locke Foundation: CMS gets a D+

The John Locke Foundation, a think tank based in Raleigh, gave Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools a D+ for being “parent friendly” in a recent spotlight report. The rankings are based on 11 different measures in the four categories of school administration, teachers, safety, and performance. No NC school received an A and just 19 of the 115 school districts received grades of B or better. Most of the highest rated schools were smaller districts located in Western NC.

“With no threat of losing clientele to competitors, many schools and school districts behave like the monopolies they are,” said report author Terry Stoops, JLF Education Policy Analyst. “These school districts focus on strengthening the organization’s position and goals, rather than meeting the needs of students and parents.”

Ouch.

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CMS rolls out new rules for eligibility

Superintendent Gorman

Superintendent Gorman

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced new rules and procedures for verifying student-athlete eligibility.

“I think we’ve moved to the next step,” said Dr. Peter Gorman, CMS superintendent. “You can never resolve something that has on-going monitoring and compliance, you’ll just continue to have to check on it.”

CMS accepted every recommendation from the 24-member committee put together to tackle the system’s eligibility issues during the last school year.

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