More budget cuts coming for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

More budget cuts coming for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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by RAD BERKY / NewsChannel 36

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WCNC.com

Posted on November 19, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 19 at 7:16 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board members have to look at more budget cuts that could impact programs, positions and even per-pupil spending.

The board members heard the dire budget news from Superintendent Dr. Peter Gorman at a meeting Friday afternoon.

With the state projecting a budget shortfall of at least $3 billion and a loss of federal stimulus money, that could mean a loss of $100 million to CMS. That would come out to about 10 percent of the budget.

Gorman told the board, "The reality is there will be cuts. The cuts will be severe, very severe."

"This storm we have been preparing for is upon us," said board Chairman Eric Davis.

Recent school closings are expected to save $10 million in the first two years and $6 million each year after that. However, more cuts will have to be made.

The cuts could mean slashing the amount spent on each pupil from $500 to $1,000.

Board members will hold several more meetings to discuss what programs to cut. Also at issue will be teacher salaries and even books.

No final decision will be made by the board until after the New Year.

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