Board of Education approves $1.4 billion operating budget

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education approved the 2017-2018 operating budget at its regular meeting Aug. 8. The total budget is $1.4 billion and provides raises for all district employees. The budget includes funding from federal, state, local and other sources.

The budget gives an average increase of 3.3 percent to teachers and other certified staff. Principals and assistant principals will receive a raise of seven percent on total gross pay. Bus drivers will receive a $1,500 increase. All other full-time, non-certified employees will receive $1,000 or a three percent increase, whichever is greater. Occupational therapists and physical therapists will be put on the newly approved salary schedule that is based on ranges set by the North Carolina State Board of Education.

Other budget highlights are the addition of six social workers and six counselors to provide social and emotional support to students, and money to cover an anticipated enrollment increase of 753 students. CMS will also open five new schools in the 2017-2018 school year.

As part of its continuing effort to streamline costs and maximize the available funding from the state and the county, CMS also reduced funding by more than $1 million in central-administration departments.