Monday, May 11, 2009

Where will your kids go to high school in 2010?

CMS hasn't locked in boundaries for new schools in Mint Hill and Mecklenburg's northern tip, but the staff recommendations are posted online now.

Click here to see the maps.

These maps and numbers will be presented to the school board Tuesday, with a vote June 9.

The document also includes staff recommendations for elementary schools that will be built nearby; opening dates for those schools are uncertain because of the financial crunch.

According to the plan:

* The Bailey Road high school would slice off the northern part of the county, creating a low-poverty, mostly-white high school that would open with roughly 1,400 students. Hopewell and North Meck, which are far over capacity now, would give up big chunks of their current zone.

* North Meck would pick up part of the West Charlotte zone, with its poverty level rising from 20 percent this year to about 39 percent in 2010.

* The new Mint Hill high school zone would cover the county's eastern point, taking territory from Independence and Butler. It would open with about 1,800 students and a poverty level around 43 percent.

* Butler would pick up some of East Meck's zone. According to the staff projections, poverty levels for the existing schools would not change dramatically. - Ann Doss Helms

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