CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A few weeks out from the start of the 2013-2014 school year, the CMS superintendent is tackling education issues.

Dr. Heath Morrison spoke to the Ballantyne Breakfast Club about his concerns for schools across the state and in the local district, the biggest being budget cuts.

There was a huge cut across the state in terms of teacher assistance, and we had to cut about $12.5 million. These individuals bring so much worth to our schools. And there are no increases for our teachers in pay raise, so our teachers in North Carolina are just doing heroic work, and being paid almost last in the country. And as I keep saying, that is not a CMS issue. That s a state issue, and to be able to attract teachers to our state and keep our great teachers, we re all going to have to come up with a solution to this, Dr. Morrison said.

While Dr. Morrison is glad the district did not have to lay off any teacher assistants, they did take cuts to their pay and hours.

Despite those struggles, Morrison, who s had the job for a little longer than a year, says he is proud of the schools numerous success stories. This includes a rising graduation rate.

He says he considers the task ahead to be a work in progress, and he wants to continue to foster the relationships with staff and students.

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