CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - With just two weeks left before the start of the new school year, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools scramble to fill 114 teacher vacancies.
The unfilled teacher count is 25 more positions than CMS had to fill this time last year.
“We are going to continue to work hard to fill the vacancies so that there is a qualified teacher in each classroom,” Avery Mitchell, Chief of Human Resources, said.
They are looking to hire 50 elementary school teachers, 22 middle school teachers, 38 high school teachers, and four exceptional children teachers. They are also in need of 90 bus drivers.
“We are the mobile educators,” Janet Thomas, Executive Director of Transportation, said. “You can have the best teachers in the classroom and it doesn’t matter if the children aren’t there.”
Thomas told FOX 46 Charlotte even though there is a shortage, every route will be covered come August 29, but they may use substitute drivers or have delayed drop-offs.
CMS held a briefing on Wednesday to inform the community what changes to expect for the new school year.
"I would say to parents in this community is that very little will be different about your child's school experience, unless your student is transgender,” Ann Clark said.
During the coming school year, transgender students will participate on athletic teams and use locker rooms based on their biological gender.
"It's about every child,” Clark explained. “If we say every child for a better tomorrow, we better mean it."