The North Carolina Journal of Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematical Modeling for Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Zones

Kylee Gomilla, Crista Arangala


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district (CMS) is the 18th largest district in the
United States and Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, leading to
several severely overcrowded schools. Therefore, CMS is in desperate need of an effective mathematical
model to create school attendance zone plans that maximizes efficiency and equity. This
paper presents Voronoi mathematical models to fairly partition the CMS district. The models created
balance school socioeconomic demographics, minimizes school overcrowdedness, and reduces
inconvenient commutes. These factors are aligned with the CMS school board goals for attendance
zone plans and are considered for their impact on student success. This paper provides a unique
contribution to the pursuit of equity in the CMS district by constructing mathematical models which
have not been seriously considered as a helpful tool in the fight against this complex issue.


School Attendance Zones; Voronoi Diagrams

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