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Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board will work on budget this week

Ruby M. Jones, left, District 3 board member, Ericka Ellis-Stewart, board member at large, and Mary McCray, board chair. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board will meet Monday to review Superintendent Ann Clark’s budget plan before voting on May 10.
Ruby M. Jones, left, District 3 board member, Ericka Ellis-Stewart, board member at large, and Mary McCray, board chair. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board will meet Monday to review Superintendent Ann Clark’s budget plan before voting on May 10. Mark Hames

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board will meet Monday to review Superintendent Ann Clark’s budget plan before voting on May 10.

Board Chair Mary McCray said last week she hopes to get county commissioners to join her board to talk about the 2016-17 budget. The meeting starts at 3:30 p.m. in Room 527 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St., and is open to the public.

Because the school board doesn’t have taxing authority, the budget hangs on decisions by the N.C. General Assembly, which convened last week, and Mecklenburg County commissioners.

Clark says Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools needs $425 million from the county, a $23 million increase over the current year, to hold services steady, cover an anticipated raise for teachers and other employees, and pay for an expanded magnet busing plan.

Also this week, the community group ONE Charlotte (for One Network for Education) plans a Thursday meeting at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Road, to rally support for school bonds. The session starts at 6:30 p.m.

The school board has voted to ask commissioners to put $805 million in school bonds on the November ballot. Clark says a vote this year is vital to jump-start desperately needed construction and renovation projects. However, County Manager Dena Diorio and several commissioners have said they plan to wait until 2017.

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

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