Advocacy

Student Assignment

Latest News Impacting Selwyn families:

May 23, 2017: Recommendations have been made to amend Proposal 18 of the Phase II Student Assignment Review. The changes will change which Elementary Schools will feed into Alexander Graham Middle School.  Information on the proposal was shared via e-mail to Selwyn families.

May 16, 2017: Recommendations have been made by CMS staff to amend Proposal 26 for students in the Selwyn attendance zone South of Fairview Road to be assigned to Sharon Elementary School / Alexander Graham Middle School / Myers Park High School.

April 25, 2017: As a part of the Phase II Student Assignment Review, the following proposals were presented which impact Selwyn and schools Selwyn students feed into.

  • Proposal 26 assigns students in the Selwyn attendance zone South of Fairview Road to be assigned to Beverly Woods Elementary / Carmel Middle School / South Mecklenburg High School.
  • Proposal 11 assigns the portions of the Ashley Park PreK-8 and Alexander Graham Middle School attendance areas within the I-277 loop to Sedgefield Middle School.
  • Proposal 11 assigns the students from Ashley Park PreK-8 that were attending West Charlotte High School will now attend Myers Park High School.
  • Proposal 18 assigns students in the Dilworth Elementary attendance area who were attending Alexander Graham Middle to now attend Sedgefield Middle. Students in this attendance area who were attending West Charlotte High will now attend Myers Park High.
  • Proposal 19 assigns the Pinewood Elementary attendance area east of South Blvd. from Sedgefield Middle and Harding University High to Alexander Graham Middle and Myers Park High.

 

Overview of Student Assignment

The CMS Board of Education is currently in the process of reviewing student assignment within CMS.  The Board of Education undergoes a comprehensive student assignment review for our district every six years to make sure that they are following their guiding principles in this area. Other reviews occur periodically as CMS continues to grow, adding students each year.

The Board of Education’s guiding principles for student assignment include a commitment to its Vision, Mission and Core Beliefs, which spell out a district-wide focus on maximizing academic achievement by every student in every school. Positive and supportive learning environments are a critical factor in their success, and student assignment plays an important role in creating such environments.  To find out more about the plan, please visit the home page for the 2017-2018 Comprehensive Student Assignment Review.  The Student Assignment Goals – approved at the Board’s Feb. 23, 2016, meeting – represent the Board’s priorities for assigning students to schools, while the Guiding Principles – approved on April 26,2016 – provide the superintendent and staff the blueprint for developing the Student Assignment Plan.  The details of the approved goals and guiding principles for student assignment are available on the CMS 2017-18 Student Assignment Review webpage.

Phase II of the Student Assignment Review began in January 2017.  Changes will not be implemented until the Fall of 2018 at the earliest and are likely to be phased in.  On April 25, 2017, the CMS staff presented the proposal for Student Assignment for review.  The latest information for Phase II is available from the CMS website.  On the CMS page, you can find the dates and locations of scheduled community meetings.  The vote by the Board of Education on Boundary and Feeder Pattern Proposals is scheduled for May 24, 2017.

As a PTA we will keep you informed of information or plans as they are finalized by the Board of Education and Superintendent.

As a parent or guardian of a student at Selwyn you have the following resources to stay up to date and advocate for what you believe is best for your student and family.

Contacts:

Selwyn Board of Education Representative (District 5): Eric C. Davis: ericc.davis@cms.k12.nc.us

At Large Board of Education Members:

         Mary T. McCray: maryt.mccray@cms.k12.nc.us

        Elyse C. Dashew: elysec.dashew@cms.k12.nc.us

       Ericka Ellis-Stewart: ericka.ellis-stewart@cms.k12.nc.us

All Board of Education Members are listed on the CMS Website.

 CMS Board of Education Meeting Dates

The Board of Education holds regular monthly meetings, open to the public, on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.  Meetings are held at the Government Center, 600 East Fourth Street, unless indicated otherwise on the meeting schedule.

For the latest on scheduled meetings, including agendas, minutes, and video, refer to the Board of Education Website.

House Bill 539

The North Carolina House of Representatives is considering a bill that would significantly increase the amount of money that local public schools must share with charter schools. The expansion of funds required by HB 539 to be shared includes federal grants and appropriations made directly to local school administrative units. The bill also requires that public schools share a portion of grants and gifts received by the school if the grant or gift does not contain specific restricting language. Grants and gifts that are specifically restricted for use by an individual school or that were given or applied for prior to October 15, 2015, will not have to be shared. But grants and gifts that are not explicitly restricted must be shared if this bill is adopted.

HB 539 also requires that local school districts must provide charter schools with additional funding for services and programs even if the charter school does not provide the same services or programs connected with the funding.

All that is needed for HB 539 to become law is a simple up or down vote in the House. This vote could take place as early as this week.

If you have concerns about HB 539, please take the time to contact your House member.

You can find out who your representative is via this link: http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

NC House of Representatives for
District 88: Rob Bryan (Rob.Bryan@ncleg.net)
District 104: Dan Bishop (Dan.Bishop@ncleg.net)

You can find HB 539 here: http://ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2015&BillID=HB539

For more information from the perspective of the NC School Boards Action Center:
http://www.ncsbac.org/charter-school-funding-issues/

CMS Bond Request

At the CMS Board Meeting on April 26, 2016 Superintendent Ann Clark and the CMS Board of Education formally requested a bond referendum for $805 million be added to the ballot in November. To be on the ballot, the request must be approved by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners no later than June. The bond request would provide capital funding for 29 CMS projects to help relieve overcrowding, bring much-needed renovation and improvement to some of our older schools, and expand choice options for students and families.

Here is a summary of the bond request and how it could support our students and schools.