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CMS School Closings Cost More Than Projected

Last fall, CMS officials projected the district would save $3.4 million next year, and $6.2 million a year afterward by closing and consolidating several elementary and middle schools, primarily on the West side. Turns out the savings is smaller than expected, reports the Charlotte Observer's Eric Frazier. The cost of retrofitting newly created pre-K-8 campuses is running about $1 million above estimates. About 20 classroom trailers are also being installed. West side activist Dorothy Waddy tells the Observer that CMS officials failed to do their jobs. "These people are paid big bucks to know what they're doing. When you bring something to the table, you're supposed to have looked at all the ins and outs of it, especially the cost. "Somebody didn't do their homework, and they didn't really give a damn, because all of these schools were in the inner city." Read the rest of the story here.