CMS wants more money from county
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh presented his budget recommendation to the Board of Education at the Tuesday, March 13, meeting, where he suggested the board request an additional $27.5 million from Mecklenburg County.
Hattabaugh’s $1.19 billion budget proposal includes $4.8 million in new initiatives for the district that would go mostly toward decreasing class sizes and adding instructional-technology positions at high schools. The proposal also includes a request for the county to help fund a three-percent cost-of-living increase for CMS employees and to help pay for cost increases such as utility rates, health benefits and retirement costs, items the district cannot control.
“We believe that it is time to begin restoring some core areas in CMS,” Hattabaugh said, in a news release. Hattabaugh added that since 2008, the district has reduced or redirected $212 million, equivalent to nearly one-fifth of the district’s annual operating budget. “We believe that four years of cuts are beginning to damage our capacity as a public school district.”
In all, Hattabaugh is seeking $355.9 million from the county. The proposed budget is available on the district’s website, www.cms.k12.nc.us.
Providence High presents ‘Little Shop of Horrors’
The Providence High School film and theatre department will continue their spring musical “Little Shop of Horrors” with performances Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m.
The musical focuses on a “nerdish” florist who finds a chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed, according to a news release.
Tickets are $7, and can be purchased at the door, 1800 Pineville-Matthews Road.
Visit www.providencedrama.com for more information.
Rocky River raises money for clean water in Africa
The Rocky River High School Student Government Association raised nearly $1,500 last month to put three water filtration systems in Africa.
Through an organization known as Africare, a nonprofit dedicated to helping impoverished communities in Africa, Rocky River donations will provide clean drinking water for more than 600 people.
The school dedicated its winter dance and reverse homecoming week to the cause and gathered donations during lunch. The original goal was $500. Students set a school-wide fundraising record by bringing in three times that amount.
Covenant Day to send students into the community
Covenant Day Middle School students will get the chance to serve at more than 20 non-profits in the Charlotte-area Thursday, March 22.
More than 200 middle school students will take part in Doulos Day, a day of service that takes place annually in the fall and spring.
The school places an emphasis on service beginning in transitional kindergarten, all the way up until graduation.
Students will serve at the following sites: Bright Blessings, Carolina Raptor Center, Carrington Place, Christ Covenant Church, Christian Adoption Services, Common Cupboard, Matthews HELP Center, Christ Our Shepherd, Alexander Children’s Home, Crisis Assistance Ministry, Habitat for Humanity – Matthews, In Reach, Thompson Child & Family Focus, Town of Matthews, Classroom Central, A Child’s Place, Friendship Trays, Hospitality House of Charlotte, The Samaritan House, Lifespan – Monroe, Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, Urban Ministry and Jackson Park Ministries.
N.C. State offers summer internships
N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute is looking for interns to work and study at the school’s research campus in Kannapolis this summer.
The internship, which places students in labs and fields with leading scientists for three months, offers hands-on experience with fruit and vegetable research that aims to transform human health.
Area students, both high school and college, are encouraged to apply. Positions are paid and full-time, from May to August. Applications are due March 26.
Applications can be found on the institute’s website, http://plantsforhumanhealth.ncsu.edu/employment/internships.