CHARLOTTE, NC (Ann Doss Helms/The Charlotte Observer) - With eight business days left until classes begin, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools still has 395 teacher vacancies, including 236 with a recommended candidate.
While the number seems large, it's less than 2 percent of the teaching force and below the 445 vacancies at this time last year, Superintendent Ann Clark told the school board Tuesday.
"Until the number gets to zero," she said, "we're certainly not happy."
Clark noted that she has gotten international reaction to being quoted in a New York Times article about national teacher shortages this week.
SCHOOL YEAR FACTS
- style="margin-left: 40px;">147,769 K-12 students expected in CMS
- style="margin-left: 40px;">2,406 increase over last year
- style="margin-left: 40px;">Aug. 24 - opening day for most public schools
As they did two weeks ago, CMS administrators and board members voiced frustration with the lack of a state budget, leaving them with uncertainty about jobs for teachers and assistants, as well as salaries and programs such as driver's education. The 2015 budget year started July 1.
"I'm dumbfounded that in a state where we have a budget surplus it's eight days till the school year starts and we don't have a budget," said Vice Chair Tim Morgan.
Also Tuesday, Clark announced new principals for Reedy Creek and Winding Springs elementary schools.
Orlando Robinson, who has been working in the district's human resources department, will head Reedy Creek. He has been an assistant principal at Rocky River High, Hopewell High and Bradley Middle School.
Courtney Wall, assistant principal at Winding Springs, was promoted to principal there. She has also been an assistant principal at First Ward Creative Arts Academy and was hired from Wake County schools in 2012.
COMMITTEE MEETINGS THURSDAY
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board has two committee meetings scheduled Thursday in Room 528 of the Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St. They're open to the public, though there's no public comment period.
? Intergovernmental relations: 9 a.m., featuring an update on the budget and other legislative action expected from Raleigh.