CMS says its ready for first day of school

By Dedrick Russell - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Summer vacation will be over for about 134,000 Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) students next Tuesday which is the first day of the 2009-10 school year.

On Wednesday, CMS leaders said they are ready for the new school year despite large budget cuts and job layoffs.  This year, the district was forced to run more efficiently.

CMS reports there will be about 11,000 fewer bus stops this year and some students will have to walk further to their stop in an effort to save the district money.

Also, class size may increase because of the reduction of teachers.

"I don't want to come across as non-empathetic or sympathetic but when you have budget cuts of $80 million, these are challenges we will face," said CMS Superintendent Peter Gorman. "We're going to have to make due with that and do the best we can."

If you have any CMS-related questions concerning the new school year, call 980-343-5335.