From butterflies in our bellies to senioritis in our brains,
These aren’t really symptoms. They’re more like growing pains.
Lessons learned, tassels turned – the future draws near,
Just take a moment to reflect on the highlights from this past school year.
Aug. 27: CMS opens with new boundaries
This fall was especially significant for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools because 87 schools opened with new boundaries or magnet programs approved by the school board in May 2017. For example, Dilworth and Sedgefield elementary schools were combined with kindergarten through second grade attending Dilworth and third through fifth grades going to Sedgefield. Northeast Middle opened with a computer science and coding magnet program.
Aug. 28: School board gives ultimatum to towns
In response to the state granting Matthews, Mint Hill, Cornelius and Huntersville the authority to open or manage charter schools, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education passed the Municipal Concerns Act. The act sought a commitment from the towns not to build charter schools or else the district would prioritize school construction in Charlotte, Pineville and Davidson. Leaders from the towns and CMS have met a few times since to discuss issues pertaining to enrollment.
Sept. 14: Hurricane puts dent on school calendar
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools closed school Sept. 13 and 14 in anticipation of Hurricane Florence and didn’t’ resume school until Sept. 18. Some parents complained about schools opening when some areas of the county didn’t have power. A handful of schools, including South Mecklenburg High, served as evacuation centers for hundreds of people.
Oct. 22: CMS recognizes top principals
Mark Bosco and Tracey Harrill were among six finalists for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Principal of the Year. Bosco, who leads Myers Park High, was named Central 2 Learning Community Principal of the Year, while Harrill, who works at Providence High, earned Southeast Learning Community Principal of the Year.
Oct. 29: Student killed at Butler High
A fight between two Butler High students turned deadly as freshman Jatwan Cuffie allegedly shot and killed sophomore Bobby McKeithen before the start of school. After the shooting, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools worked to strengthen security at schools, as well as improve communications with parents when such events occur.
Jan. 9: Providence Day closes campaign
Providence Day closed the largest capital campaign in school history after raising $27.8 million from 2013 to 2018. The campaign led to the opening of a welcome center, an academic building, a parking deck and its first endowed chair position.
March 23: Catholic goes all in with arts
Charlotte Catholic High School is making a huge investment in the arts with plans to open a fine arts center on its campus. The private school kicked off a $23 million capital campaign for a space that will include a 650-seat auditorium, band room, drama classroom and dance studio. The building starts construction in December 2020 and opens in 2022.
March 26: Wilcox proposes $1.6 billion budget
Clayton Wilcox, superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, introduced a $1.6 billion budget, asking the county to increase its funding of the district by 15.2%. Wilcox framed the ask in terms of investing in equity, people and support. He wanted to increase salaries for staff, as well as add counselors, psychologists and social workers.
May 4: Carmel Christian reflects on history
The private school formed 25 years ago after parents with children in Carmel Wee School wanted to continue their educational and faith journeys at Carmel. It now educates 940 students, including more than 330 in high school. Carmel Christian celebrated with a silver anniversary gala.
May 8: CMS taps Tuttle as top teacher
People forget that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is one of the county’s largest employers with around 19,000 staffers. So being named the top teacher is a big deal. Kimberly Tuttle, who teaches language arts at Levine Middle College High School in Matthews, won this year’s honor in part for teaching the whole child. Tyler Erb, of Community House Middle School, was one of six finalists.
June 3: Charlotte Latin says goodbye to leader
Charlotte Latin’s head Hawk is leaving the nest for retirement. Staff honored outgoing Headmaster Arch McIntosh Jr. with a reception, celebrating his 18 years of service. Seven months earlier, school trustees named The Leadership Center on campus after McIntosh.
June 4: Rea Farms will be partial magnet
After months of engaging with the community, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools decided to make the future K-8 school at Rea Farms a partial magnet program, with 70% of the seats assigned based on home school attendance. Sean Strain, who represents the Rea Farms area, advocated for a full magnet, but was unsuccessful. Some parents worry being forced into a K-8 would lead to limited course, club and sports offerings.