The art of negotiation

Hi everyone, this is Paul Cameron in the WBTV Newsroom where we're watching Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison practice the art of negotiation.

Dr. Morrison presented his proposed budget, asking the county for $46-million more next school year.
He wants it to give teachers a well-needed 3% raise.  But this budget goes above the $400-million mark for the first time. Morrison has to know county commissioners will wince at that figure. He may be asking for the moon, but settling for a rocket ship. We won't know until the county finalizes its budget this summer.

Another issue that popped up at the school board meeting tonight-- transgender rights. A small group of students asked CMS to create gender-neutral bathrooms. They say that's so they have a safe place to use the restroom. Officials says they'll take the request under consideration. In other words, there are limited funds for teacher raises. Fat chance they will pay to build specialized bathrooms in every school.

Tega Cay is taking action to seize control of a private sewer system believed responsible for
hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw sewage spilling into waterways in the past year. Lawmakers tonight approved millions of dollars to buy the system.

Mayor Mustache will be sworn in tomorrow. Dan Clodfelter resigned his seat in the NC Senate to accept the mayoral role in Charlotte. Clodfelter's District 37 seat will be filled with a democrat. Three names have already expressed interest-- former Commissioner Harold Cogdell Junior, assistant district attorney Jeff Jackson, and former County Commissioner Jennifer Roberts.

Eric Thomas is staring down the barrel of 70's in the second half of the week. His First Alert Forecast looks ahead to the weekend so please join Eric, Molly Grantham and me for WBTV News at 11:00 tonight!