Matthews, NC - In an attempt to resolve the impasse between the two Boards, Matthews Commissioner John Urban and CMS District Representative Sean Strain propose the following be considered for an up/down vote of their respective Boards. The following terms would be considered together, not separately, and would form the basis for an agreement to be voted, signed and committed by each Board in advance of May 16, 2018:
· Matthews Board pulls support for HB514.
· CMS commits to having the municipal governing body approve student assignment changes.
· CMS commits to a 5-year plan to replace trailers at schools in Matthews with new construction to accommodate projected 2030 student population by the 2022-23 school year.
· Matthews Board will actively support HB866, a bill establishing a bond referendum to approve $1.9 billion for school construction projects statewide.
· CMS commits to construct a new school in Matthews within 10 years.
Urban and Strain offered the following explanation for the proposal: This agreement would satisfy the most pressing requests of both sides, while rebuilding the commitment and trust between CMS and its partner municipal bodies. This agreement challenges both sides to “give a little” in the interest of resolving the dispute and moving forward together in our shared goal of providing the best public education. Each Board’s agreement and commitment would be contingent on the other. We hope that both Boards will seriously consider a resolution to this impasse by finding compromise in the middle.
John Urban is a resident of Matthews for over 20 years, an architect, and a fourth-term Matthews Town Commissioner.
Sean Strain is a resident of Charlotte for over 16 years, a business and systems consultant, and a first-term CMS District 6 Representative.