Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools opened the 2019-2020 school year with
more than 148,000 students attending the district’s 175 school
CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston began the day by greeting bus
drivers at the Orr Road bus lot. He also visited a number of schools,
including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Academy, Joseph W. Grier Academy,
Mallard Creek High and Vance High, where Winston started his teaching
career more than 13 years ago.
“When I walked into classrooms today, I saw teaching and learning
taking place,” Winston said. “Students were eager and engaged in
rigorous learning, and that is always exciting. Our bus drivers had
excitement and enthusiasm and play a valuable role in education. I also
appreciate all the hard work and dedication of our teachers and other
staff members, who have made us ready for today.”
The district had 1,088 school buses on the road with about 127,000
riders, more than any other school district in North Carolina. CMS has
more than 31,000 school bus stops in the morning and about 31,500 stops
in the afternoon across 14 transportation areas. Winston said it takes
time to get back into the school routine and urged motorists to exercise
caution and patience as buses pick up and drop off students.
The district is still looking for some bus drivers and teachers. On
the first day of school, there were 73 teacher positions that were
vacant without a recommendation for hiring in a total teacher workforce
of 9,401 certified teachers. There were also 39 vacancies for bus
drivers. Safety and training teams continue to onboard new drivers in
cooperation with the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.
District officials have not completed an enrollment count but expect
to have more than 148,000 students this year. Enrollment is likely to
continue through the first few days of school.
Some resources for families this year: