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Bessemer City is a city located in Gaston County, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 5,119. (More Info and Source) Bessemer City Real Estate

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Monroe Rd. in Matthews reduced to 1 lane for work

Road crews are working on Monroe Road eastbound between Galleria Boulevard and Industrial Drive in Matthews.

The area has been reduced to one lane. Officials suggest drivers plan an alternate route, if possible.

Officials did not know how long crews would be on the scene.

Matthews police said it was not a scheduled road closure.

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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:55:21 -0500

CMS to ask state to allow them to charter own schools

In 2015, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will ask state lawmakers to change the rules so it can charter its own schools and provide traditional public schools with some of the flexibility charters get.
 
"Certainly, I'm keenly interested in us being able to play by the same rules as a charter schools," said Ann Clark, CMS' deputy acting superintendent. 
 
Unlike traditional public schools, charters do not have to follow all the same state rules.
 
Nine charter schools opened in the Mecklenburg County area this year, and CMS leaders say the district needs to stay competitive.  But it's unclear if a CMS charter school would have to answer to the school board or the superintendent.
 
"When you're a chartering district, does your school leadership team take on additional advisory responsibility, what is that link back to board of education?" Clark said. 
 
Clark says she's bringing in officials from Fulton County, Georgia, where that school district has chartered its own schools for three years.
 
At Wednesday night's meeting, board member Ericka Ellis-Stewart raised immediate concerns about the prospect of chartering schools, saying the district has enough to focus on without this.
 
Scott McCully, who heads up student placement for CMS, said charters are controversial because several in North Carolina have failed.
 
"I would say that is one of the more polarizing issues is just the quality of charter school programs," McCully said. 
 
Mccully said 1,500 students instead of the 2,100 projected left CMS for charters this year, making it hard for the district to plan.
 
CMS said parents are looking for unique opportunities for their students, and that's why this push is important.
 
CMS leaders will meet with state lawmakers for a legislative breakfast in December where this issue will be discussed. 
 
In the 2013-2014 school year, 10,800 students in the area attended a charter school.

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CMS to ask state to allow them to charter own schools

In 2015, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will ask state lawmakers to change the rules so it can charter its own schools and provide traditional public schools with some of the flexibility charters get.
 
"Certainly, I'm keenly interested in us being able to play by the same rules as a charter schools," said Ann Clark, CMS' deputy acting superintendent. 
 
Unlike traditional public schools, charters do not have to follow all the same state rules.
 
Nine charter schools opened in the Mecklenburg County area this year, and CMS leaders say the district needs to stay competitive.  But it's unclear if a CMS charter school would have to answer to the school board or the superintendent.
 
"When you're a chartering district, does your school leadership team take on additional advisory responsibility, what is that link back to board of education?" Clark said. 
 
Clark says she's bringing in officials from Fulton County, Georgia, where that school district has chartered its own schools for three years.
 
At Wednesday night's meeting, board member Ericka Ellis-Stewart raised immediate concerns about the prospect of chartering schools, saying the district has enough to focus on without this.
 
Scott McCully, who heads up student placement for CMS, said charters are controversial because several in North Carolina have failed.
 
"I would say that is one of the more polarizing issues is just the quality of charter school programs," McCully said. 
 
Mccully said 1,500 students instead of the 2,100 projected left CMS for charters this year, making it hard for the district to plan.
 
CMS said parents are looking for unique opportunities for their students, and that's why this push is important.
 
CMS leaders will meet with state lawmakers for a legislative breakfast in December where this issue will be discussed. 
 
In the 2013-2014 school year, 10,800 students in the area attended a charter school.

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:41:03 -0500

9 Investigates: Troubled CMS employee continued to work in district

Eyewitness News found a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employee banned from district property after allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student was still going to schools.
 
Eyewitness News reporter Mark Becker investigated the loophole that let it happen.
 
Now the district is making significant changes to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Her name is Leslie Stevenson-Weathers who was at Lincoln Heights Academy in October even though CMS police said they had told her she was banned from all CMS property.
 
 “It's just a very unique circumstance -- this particular case,” said CMS Police Chief Randy Hagler.

Hagler couldn't talk about Stevenson-Weathers case specifically but Channel 9 learned that her trouble with the school system started 10 years ago while she was working at Hopewell High School.
 
Stevenson-Weathers was warned in writing that school officials had gotten information that she was having an inappropriate relationship with a student.
 
Four years ago, she abruptly resigned from CMS when CMS police confronted her with evidence that she had falsified her time sheets and they told her she was banned from all CMS property.
 
But earlier this year she found her way back into the schools.
 
She went to work for A Child's Place, a nonprofit agency that works with homeless children, and she got a CMS id that would allow her back on campus.
 
She only worked for them for one week then this fall she got a job with another nonprofit The Genesis Project that works with at-risk families and students in the Charlotte area.
 
She was working with The Genesis Project when she was at Lincoln Heights and after Channel 9 called CMS police, they had an officer tell her to leave.
 
She was at The Genesis Project several weeks later but didn’t have anything to say about her returning to the nonprofit despite the ban.

The manager also did not comment.
 
CMS police said that Channel 9 found a hole in their security system they hadn't noticed before.

“It wasn't a problem until this issue came up,” Hagler said.
 
He said the LobbyGuard system at every school flags sex offenders but it hadn't alerted when someone on that banned list logged in. He said that will change now.

“We're looking at a software program that would allow us to input that data where it will show up in any LobbyGuard system within our school district,” he said.

Stevenson-Weathers still works at The Genesis Project but when Channel 9 called to find out if she's still working with students, they hung up.

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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:18:50 -0500

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