If you are relocating or thinking about buying a home in Huntersville, NC and schools are an important factor in your decision you better do your homework.
There is a lot of talk about changes to come for Huntersville and Davidson schools. Two of Charlotte Mecklenburgs best schools Torrence Creek Elementary and Davidson IB could face a possible closing and/or boundary changes.
Plans to look at boundary changes for Torrence Creek Elementary students next year continue to move forward, despite assurances from school board member Rhonda Lennon that the school would be removed from the district's list of schools up for changes next school year.
"We're moving forward until the board tells us not to," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Planning Specialist Dennis LaCaria said. The staff proposed making boundary changes to relieve the school, which operates well above capacity, as part of their plans for improvements to area schools. Lennon does not want to move forward with those plans, which would take effect for the 2011-12 school year.
But in a work session Oct. 4, the school board voted to remove six schools from the district's original list of 78, and Torrence Creek was not one of them.
Davidson IB Middle School, on South Street near downtown Davidson, is on a list of schools that could be closed under the current version of the overhaul plans. CMS officials say the school is among the most expensive to operate and is housed in an aging building that would require costly repairs to keep open.
Under the plan, the north Mecklenburg international baccalaureate program would become a school-within-a-school at Alexander Middle School in Huntersville in the 2011-12 school year. School officials briefly mentioned the plan Monday, and talked more about what the move would mean in practical terms, and how it would improve the IB program.
Mr. Gorman said the majority of Davidson IB's staff would move to Alexander Middle School because many of the teachers have been specially trained to teach in the IB program.
The Davidson IB Middle School facility would be either demolished or made available for sale to avoid additional investment in the building.
School officials said relocating the Davidson IB program would strengthen the track for students from international baccalaureate programs at Blythe Elementary to the middle school program and then to North Mecklenburg High School.
These are just a couple examples of why it is so important to make sure you understand how the boundary changes to schools or closing of schools could have a major impact on your home buying decision.