CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District Interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh is proposing to ask the County for an increase of $27.5 million dollars for the 2012-2013 school budget.
Hattabaugh’s total budget for the next year comes in at $1.19 billion dollars.
Appearing before the school board Tuesday night, Hattabaugh said the new budget would mean no additional layoffs and there would be no need to close any addition schools. He also said there would be funding available to give teachers and staff their first raise in four years.
The proposed hike in teacher pay would amount to 3%.
“We will redirect money to pay for 1% of it but we are asking for county money to fund the other 2%," Hattabaugh said.
Some board members are already skeptical about getting that kind of an increase in funding from the county but all agree it was time to do something for teacher pay.
“Their salaries get stagnant,” said board member Richard McElrath. “They are losing money this year and if this persists they will keep making less money.”
Hattabaugh said CMS was “at a critical juncture,” and said that after closing 11 schools and laying off 2,000 people since the start of the recession, it was time to work on improving the core of CMS.
The County Commission is scheduled to vote on the CMS budget in June.