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CMS reports smooth first day of school

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Charlotte - Mecklenburg school (CMS) district superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison says the first day of school exceeded his expectations. He says it was a smooth start as CMS welcomed back about 144,000 students and opened up four new schools.

CMS is the second largest school district in North Carolina. Morrison gave high praise to his executive staff for a job well done. On the first day of school, Morrison said 99.4% of positions have been filled.

After the first day of school the district still has nearly 70 teacher vacancies and 46 teacher assistants slots open. The superintendent believes those positions will be filled hopefully by the end of the week. He also reports CMS has not seen vacancies this low at the beginning of the school year in a few years.

While CMS is pleased how the first day went, some parents are concerned about safety at their children's school. CMS changed the way it distributes its campus security associates. Olympic High used to have a School Resource Officer and two campus security associates (CSA's) to keep things calm. This school year, the CSA's have been reassigned and only the SRO will be watching things at Olympic. The school has five different campuses. Some parents believe it's too much for one person to handle.

"You've got one person," CMS parent Tina Sung said. "Who can't make it through this entire campus in enough time. You should always have more security than less when it comes to our children."

CMS says it is comfortable with staffing changes and ensures parents, students will be safe.

Morrison made sure this year schools looked organized and had curb appeal. Last year there were problems with mold on the school buses. This year CMS made sure everything was clean for day one.

CMS has about 1,000 buses in its fleet. All the buses started and picked the nearly 125,000 students who ride them with little to no problems.

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