CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools are scrambling to hire 342 teachers by the time schools open on August 25.
The openings are the result of layoffs last spring. Now with more money available to the district the Human Resources Department at CMS is working overtime.
"We're completing about 60 hires a day," said Dan Habrat, the Chief Human Resources Officer for CMS. "So we are not going to end up at 342 come the opening of school."
Habrat said substitute teachers will be called in to take over classes if enough teachers are not found by the opening bell on the first day of class.
"I am very optimistic that we will fill the positions that the principals need to be filled," he said.
Last spring CMS was preparing for 600 teacher layoffs anticipating a shortfall in funding from the state and county governments.
CMS then wound-up faced with adding 500 school-based employees when the money eventually was approved.
"The fact that we had the opportunity to grow that roster gave us flexibility to decide how fast to grow it," said Habrat.