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CMS layoff notices going out this week

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board last night gave Superintendent Peter Gorman and his staff the go-ahead to plan for up to 900 layoffs. Right now, the district's proposed budget for next year eliminates 534 positions and has the flexibility to cut an additional 367 classroom jobs. Altogether this would trim $86.4 million dollars from the CMS budget proposal. The district started letting the 534 employees know this week that they've been laid off. These are central office and support jobs. Gorman says they very likely would not be restored. "I just don't see a way, unless something changes dramatically. And if it does too, we've got to look at what we bring back, and do we bring back what we've reduced? Or do we look at how we reshape and we redirect? And what we do with that. That would be our ultimate goal, use this as a time for part of a reorganization," he said after the board meeting. However, Gorman says the laid off workers are eligible to apply for openings within the district. Gorman will present the official budget proposal to the school board on April 14th.