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CMS Students and Staff Talk About Budget Problem

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Tuesday night, teachers, students and staff from CMS talked about a complicated problem – the school budget.

Over the last 5 years, CMS employees have had just 1 pay raise. Renee Goodwin teaches social studies at Performance Learning Center High.

“As a teacher, I spend a lot of my own money. I am passionate about my students,” said Renee Goodwin.

North Carolina ranks 46th in teacher salaries – some teachers say those small paychecks means they have to find some other work to make ends meet.

“It is very challenging. Some teachers have to go work a second job,” said West Charlotte High teacher Erlane Lyde.

“The cost of everything is going up. It doesn’t seem like the budget is matching that cost of supplies rising,” said Goodwin.

CMS school leaders hope county commissioners will chip in.

The school board wants $46 million more than last year.

“Our school is very small so we get affected by the budget. With our small population, we need every dime,” said Goodwin.

“3% is not a raise on our salary but a supplement – so if a teacher has $300 supplement, then the 3% is about $9 a month,” said Lyde.

“I am embarrassed to say how much I spend but at this point I hope they look at the classrooms, teachers and supplies we need,” said Goodwin.

“The children lose their teachers because the teachers are walking out now,” said Lyde.

Commissioners will decide June 17 on the budget.

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