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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools boosts teacher, principal pay
District adds 72 student support positions
Published Sunday, November 17, 2019 1:58 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board Chair Mary McCray.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg teachers, school administrators and employees are getting a bump in pay.

The district school board approved salary increases in a special called meeting Nov. 15. The board also signed off on the addition of 72 student support positions. The raises will be funded by money appropriated from the state and Mecklenburg County.

“We have waited to do this because we were hoping to have a state budget,” board Chair Mary McCray said in a statement. “We care about our employees and our students, and we are committed to doing what’s best for them despite uncertainty in Raleigh. We’d prefer to have a state budget rather than taking these actions piecemeal but lacking that, we decided to do something now.”

The board’s action will put in place increases set by state salary schedules and an increase in the local supplement for teachers and certified staff. The program will also give raises to principals and assistant principals. Other employees will get a 3% raise. The district’s hourly employees, such as cafeteria workers and teacher assistants, will get raises to $13.22.

All raises are retroactive to July 1, and everyone will be paid by Jan. 31.

The addition of 72 social and emotional health positions brings the district’s total to 622.

“Social and emotional health is essential if students are going to be able to achieve in school,” McCray said. “Adding these will help us provide better support in our schools. We’re still not where we need to be, but these 72 positions will move us closer.”

Superintendent Earnest Winston also announced administrative appointments:

• Monica Palmer, the new principal at Albemarle Road Elementary, has been assistant principal at Metro School since 2017. She was assistant principal at Porter Ridge Middle in Union County from 2014-17.

• Nancy Brightwell is executive director of the Central 1 Learning Community. She will be one of two executive directors in Central 1 along with James Garvin. In 2019, Brightwell was named executive director of the Southwest Learning Community. She previously was principal at Mallard Creek High from 2011-14, Ranson Middle (2008-11), Carmel Middle (2005-08), Beverly Woods Elementary from (2000-05) and Nathaniel Alexander Elementary (1996-2000).

• Butler High Principal John LeGrand has been appointed executive director for the Central 2 Learning Community. LeGrand has been Butler’s principal since 2014 and was principal at Bain Elementary from 2010-14. He was Bain’s assistant principal from 2008-10, Independence High (2006-08) and J.M. Alexander Middle (2005-06). He was also a teacher at Mint Hill Middle (2003-05) and South Middle Elementary in Lancaster, S.C. (1999-2003).


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