This evening (Thursday, April 27, 2017), a majority of your Chantilly Neighborhood Association board members met to discuss how the neighborhood might best address the recent CMS Superintendent proposals for Mecklenburg County. The School Board plans to hold a public hearing on May 9 and vote May 24. A link to the CMS website with those proposals can be found here: http://bit.ly/2oRqJjm
As has happened in recent Chantilly history, these proposals have caused concern, fear and even anger for some residents. As a result, an informed, reasoned discussion – online and sometimes in-person – can be challenging. However, it is the goal of your CNA to provide a venue for a calm discussion with your neighbors about this issue.
In addition to hosting a forum for neighbors, it is also your CNA’s goal to determine what the majority of our neighbors believe is the best course of advocacy. Regardless how an individual neighbor may choose to advocate, a voice through your CNA would be helpful for the position that prevails.
Recognizing the requirements of our bylaws as well as the demanding timetable of these events, your board announces a special neighborhood meeting seven (7) days from today at Chantilly Hall – Thursday May 4, 2017 – 7 pm.
Neighbors will be asked to hear volunteer speakers, make comments, then vote by secret ballot as to what position the CNA should adopt in the school zoning debate. The meeting will be limited to one hour, with voting complete with enough time to tally and announce results before 8 pm. As discussed below, neighbors will be asked to volunteer in advance of that meeting to help frame the discussion and present materials (in advance – as well as at the meeting) for neighbors to consider.
The board asks any neighbor who is interested in shaping this debate to meet to form a committee tomorrow, Friday April 28, 2017 at 7 pm at Chantilly Hall. Any interested neighbor who is interested in joining the committee is encouraged to attend.
The mission of the committee will be to determine what proposals the neighborhood will vote on at the special meeting next Thursday. The committee will be asked to present those proposals to the board – then they will be published to the neighborhood at the end of this weekend (NLT Monday evening) so neighbors have enough time to consider their views in advance of the special meeting.
Hopefully, neighbors of goodwill with different opinions on this issue will volunteer to work with the committee. The committee’s task will be short-lived, but important to frame the issues for the neighborhood – even though that same committee may be firmly divided on the issues.
The first task of this committee will be to select one or more chairpersons. At least one member of your CNA board will also be present, but the chairperson(s) will be selected by the neighbors present at tomorrow’s meeting. That committee would be free to meet on whatever schedule over the weekend to develop the language for the neighborhood’s vote. Neighbors who cannot attend tomorrow, but wish to still participate with committee members over the weekend are asked to email schools@iChantilly.org. Those names of interested volunteers will be provided to the committee chairperson(s).
If you have not done so, please renew your membership at www.iChantilly.org/membership. Regardless, all verified Chantilly neighbors are welcome to vote at the special neighborhood meeting next Thursday, one vote per household, with no proxies.
This meeting will be in lieu of the second quarter meeting previously scheduled for June 2017.
Again, while perhaps not meeting the needs of every neighbor, the goal of this process is to provide a forum for neighbors to respectfully engage with each other and for your CNA to know the consensus of the neighborhood. We hope every neighbor, with children in your home or not, will attend next Thursday, May 4 at 7 pm to listen to all positions and cast a ballot.
CNA Board President 2016-17
Ps. Jonathan Story and I plan to resign and not seek re-appointment of our positions (Treasurer and President) by the September 2017 anniversary date. While we hope to continue to serve the neighborhood as board members, we ask for neighbors interested in joining the CNA board to email secretary@iChantilly.org