CMS still needs 395 teachers with classes starting Aug. 24

CMS is still seeking math and science teachers (shown here in summer training).
CMS is still seeking math and science teachers (shown here in summer training).

This article was updated to reflect a scheduling change in committee meetings.

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.

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.

Ann Doss Helms: 704-358-5033, @anndosshelms

Committee meeting Thursday

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board’s policy committee will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 528 of the Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St. The meeting, which is open to the public, is expected to include discussion of the ongoing review of student assignment.

An intergovernmental relations committee meeting that was originally listed for Thursday morning has been rescheduled for Aug. 20.