CMS Board of Education approves county budget request

- The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education approved a county budget request on Tuesday, May 10 asking for a total appropriation of $425.1 million for the 2016-2017 operating budget.

The request reflects an increase of $22.9 million over county funding in the 2015-2016 budget.

The district said they would use the budget increase for employee raises, growth, magnet transportation and charter school costs.

The request would allocate $8.9 million to cover the county portion of an anticipated salary increase from the state for all employees and $1 million to cover rising costs of health insurance and other benefits.

The district request includes $3.4 million for sustaining operations, including almost $2.9 million to expand transportation options for magnet-school students. An additional $500,000 would cover contract increases for school resource officers and local supplements for teachers.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said they expect to gain about 500 students next year, and $1.2 million in the request would pay for additional staff, maintenance and operating costs needed as a result of that growth. Charter schools serving Mecklenburg students will receive $8.5 million next year and that is also part of the requested increase.

The district said they will formally submit their budget request to the county May 15. The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners will hold a workshop on May 24.

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena R. Diorio will present her budget (which includes the CMS allocation) to the county on May 26. A public hearing on the county budget is scheduled for June 2 and the commission will vote on the budget June 21.

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