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 Oakhurst Elementary School off Monroe Road in Charlotte closed it's doors years ago, to save money. It was a move, neighbors and parents say directly affected the neighborhood surrounding the school. Gayle Hales lives in the neighborhood and head the community neighborhood association in Oakhurst. She said, "The whole neighborhood just plummeted, our values plummeted, families moved away."

Charlotte Mecklenburg School systems used the school building for administration, and now have announced they will be reopening the school as a partial Steam Magnet school. Tom Tate is over that district and said "They are really glad it is going to be a school again, it really made a difference in the neighborhood."

 This school will include children who live in surrounding areas, but it's up to CMS board members to decide how many children from Oakhurst will attend the school.

 Gayle Hales hopes with the school reopening, the neighborhood will benefit. Hales remembers when children and their parents would walk through the neighborhood to get to school, and she wants to bring that sense of community back. Hales said, "It reminded me of the old days when I used to walk to school."

CMS plans to make a decision as to what children can attend the school by the first of the year. They plan to open the school in Fall 2015.



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