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Technology and professional development for CMS on the chopping block


Charlotte-Mecklenburg school (CMS) superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison is dealing with a budget gap from the county.

CMS requested about $28 million more from the county for next year but the county approved its budget giving the school district only $19.1 million more than last year...about $9 million less.

Morrison had plans for the money the board requested. He wanted to use it to pay for connections for all mobile classrooms and professional development for teachers, but now some or all of that may get cut.

"That's unfortunate," Morrison said. "They are desperately needed, but at the end of the day we have to live within the budget we got."

Right now all mobile classrooms in CMS don't have the connection and some teachers are having problems.

"Most of the times they had trouble with their WIFI out there," CMS Teacher Kelly Trnian said. "And oftentimes that would encroach on a lot of their teaching and make it more difficult go through with their plans.

The school board will now start to have discussions about what the district must do without to deal with the budget shortfall.

"I think we are going to have to cut back in several areas," CMS School board member Dr. Joyce Waddell said. "With less money we've always been innovative. We have always found ways to do things when we didn't have as much funds."

The district has not approved what to cut yet. It wants to hear how the state's budget will turn out before making any final decisions.

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