CMS has three new boundary proposals for the new Mint Hill high school, though staff and school board members acknowledged earlier this week they still don't think they've come up with the final assignment plan.
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The new school, set to open in 2010-11, would relieve crowding at Butler, East Meck and Independence.
The district has spent months on the maps, seeking feedback from the public and school board members. Some of the changes in the new maps appear to reflect concerns raised in recent weeks. For example, the third map would reassign families in the Sardis Forest neighborhood to Butler High, a move some parents spoke in favor of at Tuesday's board meeting.
But none of the new proposals appear to come close to an attendance plan crafted earlier this spring by Mint Hill leaders, who worried that too few of the town's students would be able to attend the school under a previous boundary recommended by CMS staff. The Mint Hill proposal would have sent students living in the zone for the town's three elementary schools -- Bain, Clear Creek and Lebanon Road -- to the new high school. The school board rejected that plan in June.
The three new options -- like all of the other proposals posted so far on the CMS Web site -- would send a portion of the Clear Creek zone to the new high school. And part of the Bain zone would feed to the school under a plan originally backed by CMS staff.
But it doesn't appear that a large portion, if any, of residents living in the Bain and Lebanon Road zones would go to the new high school under any of the three scenarios released this week.
The school board is expected to vote on a boundary plan Aug. 11, and district leaders plan to continue hashing through ideas in the coming weeks. See the other plans considered so far here.
Want to weigh in? Contact the district's planning and student assignment office at firstname.lastname@example.org or the members of the school board. - April Bethea