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CMS to implement $15M in additional cuts, 57 more positions on chopping block

The state still doesn't have a budget, so Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Peter Gorman says he's going ahead with more budget cuts that amount to $15.3 million. Under these latest cuts, 57 positions will be eliminated. Those do not include classroom teachers. The cuts will also remove a nearly $9 million pre-K program from local funding and place it under federal stimulus funding, which is only good for two years. Gorman told the school board not having a state budget could make some cuts permanent. "We've got to have a budget soon. We're getting close to the point where I'm not sure we'll be able to undo certain things that we would like to undo," he said. The district has already laid off more than 1,100 employees, most of them classroom teachers. Gorman has said once the district knows how much it's getting from the state, it could be in a position to rehire some of those teachers. The district is dealing with a potential $120 million shortfall in the budget for next school year