CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Monday is the start of a new year for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools and given the security cuts, some parents are wondering if the district will be able to keep kids safe.
The last time we saw Campus Security Associates they were walking out of a meeting with heads held down after being told about 32 layoffs.
Going into this school year the news is brighter as 16 of those spots were saved.
“We feel that we have a good presence. We have good solid training with our CSA and we feel we can keep students safe,” said Scott McMully, head of security for the district.
Because of the cuts, nine middle schools won’t have full time security. They are J.M Alexander, Community House, Jay M Robinson, Mint Hill, Northeast, Northridge, Piedmont, Randolph and Sedgefield.
Lauren Ponder’s son is a seventh Grader at Randolph.
"It does concern me because the way children are going these days and the way things are happening, they need that enforcement,” said Ponder.
Brianna Adams, who is a student at Southwest Middle, agrees.
"We just like to go wild and do things, so I just hope when there is fewer, I just hope they can manage us children.”
McMully said the district can.
Still the overall security staffing numbers are down significantly. Prior to the economic crash the district employed 188 people, but going into this year it will be 109.
"We are taking absolutely every measure that we can with the resources that we have,” said McMully.
He also said that they will monitor the nine schools and if they need to assign someone full time to handle security, they have the flexibility to do it.