CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District Interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh says he doubts the county wants to grant his request for an increase of $27.5 million for the 2012-2013 school budget.
"I have a less than positive feeling from them," Hattabaugh said when he was asked if he had any communication about the budget with Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones before a formal request was presented.
Hattabaugh made the statement Wednesday morning during a weekly media briefing held at Oaklawn Language Academy on Oaklawn Road.
Hattabaugh presented his budget for the next year of $1.19 billion to the school board on Tuesday for their consideration. Hattabaugh said the new budget would mean no additional layoffs and there would be no need to close any more schools.
He also said there would be funding available to give teachers and staff their first raise in four years.
"I have grave concerns that we’re going to be able to retain (the) quality of employees that we need to do the job and keep the district moving forward," Hattabaugh said
Hattabaugh reiterated the district’s need to support more than 17,000 CMS employees who have stuck it out with the district.
"We’ve held the line and cut 2,000 positions across the district, cut $210 million out of the budget over this time," said Hattabaugh.
The County Commission is scheduled to vote on the CMS budget in June.