Thursday, April 21, 2011

CMS to name merged schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has come up with a plan for which school names will survive and which will disappear with the closings and consolidations coming up next year. A list of the new names is up for a vote at Tuesday's meeting, which will be dominated by a hearing on the 2011-12 budget.

The names of Spaugh, Wilson and J.T. Williams middle schools will be gone when their students disperse to eight preK-8 schools, which will keep the names of the existing schools but change the label from "elementary" to "academy" or "school." Smith Language Academy will become E.E. Waddell Language Academy when the K-8 foreign language magnet moves into the current Waddell High, which is named for the late husband of school board member Joyce Waddell.

The Irwin Avenue building will keep its name when the magnet program now located at Villa Heights Elementary moves in. Lincoln Heights Elementary is closing and will be renamed Lincoln Heights Academy. CMS hasn't decided how the building will be used but is holding onto it for some future school-district use, said spokeswoman Lauren Bell.

The list of buildings that will close and be put up for lease is available here.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

There are excellent teachers at these schools that still have not been offered a teaching position. Hopefully we will see a list of names along with their salaries. Pete Gorman is disgusting!

Anonymous said...

Ann,

I notice that Oakhurst is not on the list for properties to be leased. Dr. Gorman and the BOE have had "changing" reasons for its closure, but many feel it was added to the list once the political tide moved on using Irwin or Bruns for "offices". What is the latest on its use since it is apparently not being leased.

Anonymous said...

SCHOOLS ARE NO JOKE

A preacher, a politician and a teacher walked into a bar.

After a few drinks they begin to discuss their legacies. They were such good friends they discussed the possibility that they could be buried beside each other. It was a grand thought but they soon realized their wives would object. The next best idea was the town might name a building in their honor. Each had contributed a lot to the growth of the community.

Try as they might they couldn't combine their names in a way that made sense or could be chiseled into less than 50 feet of granite.

A drunk at the next booth overheard them. He pulled his chair over.

He said, “I know each of you well and if I had listened for just a moment to what any of you had spoken, I would have had a better future and been a nicer person. So let me suggest you try for that building to be a school and name it for what you stand for: The Future.

The preacher looked to his buddies. They looked back.

“To the Future,” they toasted.


Bolyn McClung
CMSdollars.com
Pineville

Anonymous said...

Very lacking of Creativity and an expensive, politically correct effort with racial implications. Thanks for taking the simple approach CMS!

Wiley Coyote said...

I'm more concerned about where CMS is going to come up with $100 million in cuts, because right now it looks as if it will be mostly done on the backs of personnel.

It's also apparent the school board is sitting back and waiting to get tossed a biscuit from the BOCC to either cover the $100 mil or enough to only have to make a few cuts here and there.

Then about the time they get this in place - whatever the outcome is, we'll start all over again for next year's budget which could turn out to be just as bad.

Ann Doss Helms said...

11:51, I don't know about Oakhurst. I haven't paid a huge amount of attention to the building shuffle, I'm afraid.

Anonymous said...

Recommend Approval of Career Employee Termination---wonder who these folk are?

Anonymous said...

What about the Smith family? Ill bet they are no too happy about losing the name associated with the school. Mrs. Waddell did not want the language academy to move to the high school, why should it still be named after her husband?

Anonymous said...

Why can't the Smith Language Academy keep its name?

Anonymous said...

Lots of "academies"... sounds like CMS just might be planning to take the State up on the "charter" option... turning public schools that are poor performers into charters run by the same school system... I wonder...

Anonymous said...

@Anon 2:16... Those are the employees who make more than CMS is willing to pay so they are being cleared out to make room for the 250 new TFA recruits... that's who the CAREER TERMINATION teachers are...

Anonymous said...

Smith Academy, if it can't keep it's name should be named something brand new. It is a world class school. The EE Waddell name just brings to mind the past failure of the High School and a woman that didn't want Smith to move there. It's sad to put that name on a great school going forward.

Jackie said...

And how much is it going to cost to put new signs on these schools for their new names? New name tags, stationery, etc?? Wasteful CMS as always!

Anonymous said...

A KING's KID
FOCUS
It's not about the name of the building or the location of where it is. The point of the matter is... Is the education level and the teachers at the high standards that we are accustom to from last year. Or better yet have the levels progressed for this year(education should always be growing)it should never be stagment. We must focus on the bigger picture... Children=education. CMS will be CMS so what must we do as a whole to raise the bar for our future genaration.....GOD BLESS