CHARLOTTE – Clayton Wilcox, superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, is proposing a $1.6 billion budget for the 2019-20 school year.
The budget seeks a 15.2 percent increase in funding from Mecklenburg County. The school board will vote on the proposal in April. County commissioners will then decide on how much to fund.
Wilcox cited in his budget letter the need for CMS to play a key role in addressing economic mobility.
“Educating all of our kids well, not just some of them, will directly improve economic mobility and opportunity,” he said.
Wilcox identified investments in equity, people and support.
His budget proposal includes a request for $9.4 million in county funding, including $4.3 million to guarantee a viable curriculum and $3.7 million for cultural-proficiency training for staff and access to fine arts experiences for every student.
He is requesting $32.5 million to cover increases in salaries, retirement and health insurance rates and market adjustments.
Investments in support include $5.8 million to strengthen counseling, $4.2 million for school security and $7.1 million for maintenance and custodians.
“We must provide a safe, welcoming environment to every student and monitor their social and emotional health in and out of schools,” he said.