The election means a change of leadership for three schools in the Charlotte area WFAE 90.7

This year’s elections will lead to changes in leadership in three school districts in the Charlotte area. The chairmen of the Union, Irdel and Cabrus districts are not seeking re-election, with all three counties entering the district commissioner’s race at the venue.

Union School Board Chairman Melissa Merle has spent eight years on the board of the second largest district in the region. She is among 10 Republicans vying for the May 17 primaries for three seats in the county commissioner.

Merle was a high-profile leader during the plague years, when Union County moved rapidly to minimize COVID-19 restrictions. The county made the masks optional from August and tried to stop the extradition and surveillance of contact before the state allowed it. At a time when school councils across the country saw angry masses considering pandemic safety and other issues of “cultural wars,” Merle was a focus of praise and criticism.

Despite this – and despite the fact that Merl spoke of threats against her and her family – she says that is not the reason for her decision. According to her, this is exactly the time she will take on a role that includes funding the school district, and another parent will pay off in the boardroom.

Union County is among the 42 counties in North Carolina that hold partisan school board races. Vice Chairwoman Kathy Heintel faces a challenge in Republican primaries from Jessica Cook, a newcomer to Union County politics. sleep.

Three new members of the ISS board

There will be no three-seat ballot papers on the Irdell-Statesville School Board. This county also has party school board races, and since Democrats have not filed, the Republican primaries will decide who demands these seats.

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Irdell-Statesville Schools

Todd Carver

Chairman Todd Carver, a Republican who is finishing his first term on the school board, is running for Irdell’s Board of Trustees. Factor for others who chose not to run In. At a September meeting, protesters who could not enter a socially remote conference room pounded on a glass door until it shattered.

“I do not want to speak on their behalf, but I would definitely say that some of them are frustrated by the time we are in,” he said last week.

Two Republicans will run for Carver’s District 7 seat in the primaries, and for District 1 seat to be vacated by incumbent Brian Schumaker. Three Republicans have applied for a District 3 seat, where incumbent Samuel Cunnington is not seeking re-election. And two Republicans are running for seat in District 1. Brian Schumaker, who was appointed in September to fill a vacancy, is not running.

In Cabrus, 11 are competing for three seats

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In the Cabaret District Non-Partisan Executive Race, 11 candidates are running For three open seats. Incumbents Laura Blackwell and Carolyn Carpenter are among them, while executive chairwoman Holly Grimsley is running as a Republican candidate for county commissioner.

Grimsley served on Cabarrus’ board of directors for 12 years. “It really guided the move to the district commissioner,” she said. “As is well known, the district commissioners control the budget of the school system.”

According to her, all the division that appears in the comment meetings of the school committee passes to the meetings of the commissioners. “They actually get all of our public speakers and their additional speakers,” Grimsley said.

The schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Gaston County will open candidatures for the non-partisan council races in July.

A version of this report originally appeared in the WFAE’s weekly education newsletter on Monday. Do not miss a topic – sign up here: https://www.wfae.org/sign-up-for-our-newsletters

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