Board of education approves 2012-13 budget request
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education approved Interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh’s 2012-13 $1.9 billion budget request at its Tuesday, April 10 meeting, which includes $4.8 million in new initiatives and a request for an additional $27.5 million from Mecklenburg County to fund a 3 percent cost-of-living increase for system employees.
The recommendation was approved 8-1. Rhonda Lennon voted against the measure.
New initiatives that fall under the $4.8 million will mostly help decrease class sizes and add instructional technology. Since 2008, CMS has reduced or redirected $212 million, reduced its workforce by 2,000 positions and closed 11 schools. The district also has gained about 6,000 students since 2008, according to a news release from the district.
The request for an additional $27.5 million from the county also will cover rising costs in utilities, benefits and other costs the district can’t control, the release said. Hattabaugh is seeking $355.9 million total from the county.
The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners is expected to vote on the county portion of the budget request at its May 15 meeting.
Queen’s Grant students participate in N.C. science fair
Two students from Queen’s Grant Community School were selected to present their research at the 2012 North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair at Meredith College last month.
Seventh-grader Patrick Greene and sixth-grader Emily Esarove won first and second place, respectively, at the Regional Science Fair hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in February.
Patrick’s project was titled “Soda, Think Before You Drink,” and looked at the effects of soda and caffeine on the heart rate. Emily’s project was titled “Is Your Drink Safe?” and analyzed the effects of soda and apple juice on the stomach.
Covenant Day to host ‘Sharing Hope’
Covenant Day School will host the training program “Sharing Hope in Crisis,” Saturday, April 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The program, developed by the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, is specifically for teens and helps equip Christians with knowledge on how to engage in conversation and help share hope about Jesus Christ with people who suffer from everyday tragedies of life.
The seminar will be at the school, 800 Fullwood Lane, and registration begins at 8 a.m. Cost is $10 at the door.
Visit http://billygraham.org/rrtshic_Matthews.asp for more information.
Independence High needs volunteers for clean up day
The Independence High School student council, Leo Club and Interact Club, with the help of Helping Hands of Charlotte, will host a clean-up day at the school, Saturday, April 21 to beautify the campus for spring.
The group will work to plant flowers, pull weeds and spread mulch near and around the front entrance, side service road and the entrance to the school’s football stadium.
The group needs volunteers and yard equipment, such as shovels, rakes, gloves and clippers, donations of flowers and trees, as well as cash donations.
For more information or to help, e-mail Lisa Poston at email@example.com.