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CMS drops campus security positons
 
Published Thursday, May 14, 2009 11:30 am
by Herbert L. White

Campus security will take a hit with cuts in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ 2009-10 budget.


District officials notified campus security associates Wednesday that 58 positions will be cut from the 2009-2010 budget. CMS, which employs 177 security associates now, will drop to 119 for next academic year. All of the associates must reapply for their jobs and principals will decide who’ll be rehired on June 5.


Campus security associates monitor school policies and procedures and help principals and staff with discipline. They also conduct safety audits and keep crisis kits and plans up to date. Associates’ tasks vary, ranging from traffic control to providing security for after-school activities and the Education Center. Campus security associates are not police officers and do not carry firearms. No cuts are planned for the district’s law enforcement team, which is made up of sworn police officers and detectives.


The cuts are part of the $51.1 million trimmed by the school board on May 12 for its proposed budget, which includes cutting 534 positions. Another 782 positions – including teachers, their assistants and assistant principals – would be trimmed if CMS faces steeper shortfalls.


The district has notified 498 employees that they would be laid off, including 21 employees who were dismissed immediately because they worked in areas with access to sensitive information. Some of the laid-off workers will remain until June 30 and can apply for other CMS jobs.

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