More from the Mecklenburg County commissioners' retreat:
In a discussion on the county's funding of outside agencies – sometimes a topic with lots of undercurrents – commissioner Vilma Leake, who spent years on the school board, made clear her displeasure with two school-related nonprofits that get county money:
– Communities in Schools, a dropout prevention service, which gets $815,000 county money this year.
– Partners in Out-of-School Time, which offers services to middle school-age students, and gets $200,000.
That's too much money for two agencies, Leake said. And she questioned why the county is funding services that, in her words, compete with services offered by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
No action was taken – this is just a discussion meeting – but commissioners talked about the need to beef up county analysis of how all outside groups getting county money are performing.