Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ final meeting on high school magnet changes brought a crescendo of anger Thursday, as 250 people cheered speakers who hammered officials for their last-minute proposal to shift students from Harding University High to East Meck.
“We are under capacity and you’re coming to our school and taking away from us?” said Harding parent Kim Anderson. “Leave us as we are. Take us completely out of the mix.”
What started this spring as a quest to draw boundaries for a new Mint Hill high school left East Meck backers angry at how much their school would shrink next year. In August the school board voted to consider shifting students from adjacent Myers Park High, the state’s largest school, with an enrollment of nearly 3,000.
After weeks of protests from those families, CMS rolled out a plan 10 days ago that would shift some math/science magnet students from Harding, a westside magnet school that draws students from the whole county, to East Meck. Harding has about 1,050 students this year; East Meck is worried about dropping from 2,100 to an estimated 1,500.