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Charlotte Smart, Fast: Aug. 12, 2015 - Would you pay $100 an hour to find the right school for your kid?

tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

It’s Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know to be Charlotte Smart in less than two minutes this morning.

THE BIG STORY: Confused on where to send your kids to school in Mecklenburg County? Worry no more. Three south Charlotte women — Suzanne Cormier, Amanda “Boo” Raymond and Rachel Hunt — are launching Charlotte School Search. For $100 an hour, the consultants will walk you though public, charter and private school options in central and south Charlotte. Too pricey? They also plan to offer 90-minute parent sessions for $15.

KERRICK TRIAL UPDATE: Prosecutors on Tuesday rested in the voluntary manslaughter trial of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall “Wes” Kerrick. The defense is now making its case. Defense attorney George Laughrun has enlivened the trial with references to Watergate, the singer Shakira, the Michelin Man and Luke Kuechly, according to the Observer.

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CHARLOTTE PRIDE: expected

With less than a week to go I thought we should thank our #art and #cultural #LGBT leaders of #Charlotte in our #celebratingandempowering campaign! Who should we feature next year? A photo posted by Charlotte Pride (@cltpride) on Aug 11, 2015 at 5:37am PDT

SKYHOUSE TOWER 2.0: Thought you couldn’t see more apartments in uptown? Developers are laying the groundwork for a second SkyHouse Tower just as the first tower nears completion on North Church Street. Expect construction by the end of the year.

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BEVERLY HOWARD RETIRES: The head of Loaves and Fishes, a chief source of food for many low-income Charlotteans, has announced she will retire next summer after 27 years. Howard grew Loaves and Fishes from six to 20 pantries.

NEED A JOB?: CMS is hiring. The school system still needs 395 teachers and classes start in less than two weeks. That number may sound high, but it’s actually less than 2 percent of the teaching force and not nearly as high as the 445 vacancies at this time last year. Plus, the district has identified candidates for 236 of the positions.

The bigger issue is that the lack of a state budget is creating uncertainty about jobs for teachers and assistants, as well as salaries and programs like driver’s education.

Photos: Charlotte Observer file.

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