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South Charlotte’s social media lit up this weekend with reports that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has chosen a site for a new southern high school. But the school board member who represents that area says it’s not a done deal.

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A third of CMS school board members will be new next year, but it’s unlikely that’ll mean much of a change in the board’s direction. 

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The nearly $1 billion bond for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools has received significant opposition in north Mecklenburg county from residents who say it doesn’t adequately address the area’s growth. CMS officials say that area has benefited more from past bonds, and that other parts of the system have bigger needs. 

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The nearly $1 billion school bond package that goes before voters in November is getting a lot of push back from residents in North Mecklenburg. Huntersville and Cornelius town commissioners recently voted to oppose the bond and the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce is against it as well.

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce joins Huntersville and Cornelius town commissions in opposing the nearly $1 billion dollar bond package for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. 

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  The Cornelius Board of Commissioners has joined Huntersville in opposing the nearly $1 billion bond package for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The Cornelius board voted 4- 1 Monday night to oppose the bond.

A majority of commissioners say the bond does not provide sufficient new schools to accommodate growth in North Mecklenburg.

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Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce board members did not come to a consensus Monday night on the nearly $1 billion school bond issue.

Chamber President Bill Russell says members were equally adamant in their support and opposition to the bond plan, so no vote was taken.

On Monday, Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce members will decided whether to take a position on the nearly $1 billion bond plan for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Opposition to the November bond referendum is strong in the northern part of the county where many residents think they are being slighted.

Mecklenburg County commissioners Wednesday formally approved a Nov. 7 referendum on $922 million in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools bonds and set a public hearing for Sept. 5. 

The CMS board couldn't persuade county commissioners to support a bond package this fall for building schools. But the board may decide to ask for money Tuesday to at least prepare for future construction. 

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The CMS board is used to getting dressed down from upset parents and community members. It can now add Mecklenburg County commissioners to that list. Tuesday, the commissioners dashed any glimmer of hope the school board had for a bond package on this fall's ballot.