Here’s what you need to know about 19 school board candidates and CMS bonds

Friday, 13 October 2017, 07:23:29 PM. The Nov. 7 election is a big one for people who care about education in Mecklenburg County, including school board and $922 million in bonds.
The Nov. 7 election is a big one for people who care about education in Mecklenburg County. The county is seeking voter approval for $922 million in bonds for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to build 10 new schools, replace seven existing ones and renovate or expand 12 more. And six district seats on the nine-member school board are up for election in a nonpartisan race. With three incumbents stepping down, the election is guaranteed to usher in some new leadership. The new crew will work with Superintendent Clayton Wilcox, who took the top job in July, to set policy for America’s 18th largest school district, with about 150,000 students and more than 19,000 employees. One CMS candidate could end up suing herself. What public records show about the race. District 1: Northern District 1 school board candidates differ on bonds and other CMS issues District 2: Two West Charlotte graduates compete for District 2 CMS school board seat District 3: CMS school board’s District 3 draws a crowd of candidates with an unusual situation District 4: CMS board will have a new District 4 member for the first time in 12 years District 5: Three-way competition to be new CMS District 5 school board member is fierce District 6: Big difference on student assignment distinguishes District 6 CMS board candidates SCHOOL BOND REFERENDUM What would the CMS bond do for your school and neighborhood? Here’s the scoop CMS wants millions to expand magnets. Would that shortchange neighborhood schools? North...Read more
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