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April 09, 2014 at 11:31 AM
CMS budget proposes 3 percent raises
Chris Miller, cmiller@wbt.com

 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees would receive a three-percent pay increase under the proposed budget Superintendent Heath Morrison unveiled Tuesday.

The spending plan requests $46.2 million in new funding from Mecklenburg County to pay for the pay raises and other priorities.

The majority of CMS employees have only received one raise in the past five years. Morrison said the district's teachers earn about $10,000 less than the national average.

"Salaries have been stagnant," Morrison said in a statement Tuesday, "making it harder to attract and retain top talent."

The proposed budget seeks a total of $402.7 million from the county, a 13 percent increase.

In addition to funding pay increases, the increased funding would help pay for technology improvements, additional counselors and psychologists at schools and expanded STEM programs focusing on science, math and technology.

The school board is scheduled to vote on the proposed budget May 13.

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