Joel Ford encouraged people to become aware of ASD (achievement school district), a proposal backed by N.C. Rep. Rob Bryan, R-Mecklenburg, that would combine five low-performing public schools from anywhere in the state and have them run either by the state or a private charter operator. “Either we get involved now, or we’ll be asking questions later and wondering what happened.” Ford suggested an Education NC article here.
Sarah Stevenson announced that Supt. Ann Clark and Sonya Gantt, executive director of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Public Schools Foundation, will address the Forum March 1.
Mary McCray announced that on Feb. 9 the CMS school board will meet jointly with the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners to discuss budget, legislative agenda and student assignment.
Ella Scarborough announced that her At-large Commissioners campaign would hold a reception on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 139 S. Tryon St.
Thelma Byers-Bailey invited all to attend the Feb. 9 school board meeting at 6 p.m. in the Government Center, when the board, she said, would vote either to begin a superintendent search immediately or delay it a year. “We need your input.”
Elyse Dashew announced that she believes the superintendent search needs to start now. “The question is, do we have time to finish it by June 30, or is it going to take longer?”
Sarah Stevenson announced that most of the early participants in the online CMS student assignment survey are “not like us.” She encouraged more participation by taking the survey here.
Levester Flowers announced that Kelly Services is looking for adults willing to serve as substitute teachers in CMS schools. Information: Flowers at 704-968-3391.
Nakisa Glover announced that she and Vakala would hold a second social hour to continue the conversation that begins each week in the Forum, to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 6-8 p.m. at BluNotes, 3425 David Cox Rd.
Nakisa Glover announced that Mayor Roberts has scheduled a meeting with afterschool program operators on Monday, March 14 from 8 a.m.-noon at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd. Info: Gregg Watkins at 704-614-9916 or by e-mail.
Yolanda Holmes announced that West Mecklenburg High School is looking for advisory board members for its Career and Technical Education Academy, focusing on hospitality and tourism, and business entrepreneurship. Questions: Sherri Moore by e-mail. Partially built website here.
Ken Koontz announced that Malachi Greene says “that rumors of his demise are blatantly exaggerated,” that he would have been present today if he had not overslept, and that he would try to attend Feb. 9.
Larken Egleston announced that Mecklenburg Democratic precinct organizational meetings will be held Saturday, Feb. 27. Info on precincts organized (and unorganized) here.
Bobbie Parks announced the death on Sunday of Ben Allen, who was active in Mecklenburg Senior Democrats.
Jamie Hildreth sent in an invitation to a meet-and-greet with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Deborah Ross on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 6-7:30 p.m. at 1212 Grace St. Details here. All are welcome. Hildreth says the flier suggests donations, but “the event is primarily so that Deborah can meet many in our community – not a fundraiser.”
Nicole Brown sent in an announcement that Kelly Alexander’s N.C. House District 107 campaign will hold a early voting kickoff block party on Wednesday, March 2 at 900 Music Factory Blvd., with legacy reception 7-9 p.m. and block party 9-midnight. Flier here.
Ericka Ellis-Stewart sent in an announcement that Mental Health America of Central Carolinas will hold Coffee & Conversation events on Friday, Feb. 19 from 3-4 p.m., and on Monday, March 21 from 1-2 p.m., at 3703 Latrobe Dr. Suite 220. Register here.
Blanche Penn sent in an invitation to groups to tour the free “Highlighting African-American Achievers” exhibit at Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center. Flier here. Questions: Penn at 704-432-6775.
Sharon Holm sent in an announcement that she had left the Gantt Center and on Feb. 4 would become director of marketing and communications at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Details here.
Colette Forrest sent in an announcement that Judges Donald Cureton and Kimberly Best-Staton would moderate “Blacks & The Bench” on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. at No Grease Barbershop at Mosaic Village, 1635 W. Trade St. Flier here.
Joyce Waddell sent in her Jan. 28 Waddell Weekly Bulletin.
Maria Macon sent in an announcement of a free lecture series by Ronald Harrill on Feb. 11, 18 and 25 at 6:30-8 p.m. at Little Rock Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St. Details here. Info: 980-216-8809.
Helen Kimbrough sent in an invitation to a drop-in reception at the new offices of Promising Pages, on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 5-8 p.m. at 4112 Old Pineville Rd. Details here.