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.