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The Education Committee wanted to take a moment to provide an update on work that has been done since the CMS School Board work session earlier this week. We reached out to our representative, Tom Tate, and met with him Saturday, May 20th, to discuss concerns and to gauge how he anticipates things going at the vote later this week. He had a copy of the proposal from CMS that was sent over Friday which outlines all of the recommendations that will be voted on next week. Unfortunately, our request to be changed to the paired Billingsville/Cotswold Elementaries, Alexander Graham Middle, Myers Park High feeds was not included as part of the recommendations the Board will receive. The recommendation is being left as it was in the original proposal where our neighborhood will go from Oakhurst STEAM Academy to Eastway Middle and on to Garinger High School. Based on Tom’s conversations with other Board members, no one was willing to consider moving us from Oakhurst STEAM to the paired Billingsville/Cotswold Elementaries. During this meeting we reiterated to Tom that families in Chantilly would not send their kids to Garinger High and would instead find other high school options. We also expressed our disappointment that CMS has no short-term or long-term plans for improving Garinger High other than to add students from a higher SES.

At this point, we encourage all neighbors to contact the following School Board members to express their concerns and disapproval with the current plan:
Tom Tate, District 4: tom.tate@cms.k12.nc.us
Mary McCray, Chairperson At-Large: maryt.mccray@cms.k12.nc.us
Elyse Dashew, Vice-Chairperson At-Large: elysec.dashew@cms.k12.nc.us
Ericka Ellis-Stewart, Member At-Large: ericka.ellis-stewart@cms.k12.nc.us.

We also strongly encourage any interested neighbors to sign up to speak at this Wednesday’s School Board meeting. The meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24th at the Government Center (600 East Fourth Street). To sign-up to speak, please call 980-343-5139 option 4. All speakers will be allowed 2 minutes to voice their concerns. The more voices we have, the more impact we can make.

The work of the Education Committee will continue after Wednesday night’s vote. Once a decision has been made by the school board we will continue to work with CMS and the School Board to make the schools assigned to our neighborhood the best they can be. Thanks!

schools@iChantilly.org

May 21, 2017

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