Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board member Kaye McGarry provided the Observer a copy of the school-closing report interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh decided not to distribute last week.
It contains no information about safety or discipline at Harding High or any of the other 35 schools that saw change because of school closings and mergers. Instead, it lists enrollment, mobile classrooms and teacher vacancies at the affected schools. View it here.
McGarry and two other board members had asked Hattabaugh to report on issues connected with the closings; they all cited concerns about safety and order at Harding, which almost doubled in enrollment after taking students from the closed Waddell High. When the board voted 8-1 to wait until December to hold that discussion, Hattabaugh had his staff keep the written report. The Observer requested it, noting that is is a public document, and spokeswoman LaTarzja Henry said CMS will provide it. McGarry forwarded the copy sent to board members Friday night.
McGarry replied to Hattabaugh that "it does not address tension and safety issues at any of those schools ... please advise."