Local News Roundup: 2022 primary delayed, CMS and county meet, pedestrian bridge planned
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board called an emergency meeting to discuss retention bonuses for employees this week in the hopes that it will help in the effort to keep area schools staffed. The bonuses could be up to $2,500 for full-time staff and up to $1,250 for part-time staff.
CMS board members had a joint meeting with the Mecklenburg County Commission this week, where some members on each side showed a willingness to work together better after contentious relations in the past. And some were not so willing. We’ll about what happened at the meeting.
North Carolina’s top court delayed the March 2022 primary due to remapping lawsuits.
Mecklenburg County has approved $38.5 million in incentives for Atrium Health’s planned "innovation district" in Dilworth. That’s after Charlotte City Council approved $36 million in incentives for that project in November. We’ll talk about the 6-2 vote and the discussion about the importance of the project.
And a new connection between uptown Charlotte and South End that will help make the city more walkable is in the works. A pedestrian bridge over Interstate 277 will solve a major connectivity problem in the city, but the project will take much longer than previously thought.
Mary C. Curtis, columnist for rollcall.com, host of the Rollcall podcast “Equal Time”
Katie Peralta Soloff, reporter for Axios Charlotte
Joe Bruno, WSOC-TV reporter
Ann Doss Helms, WFAE education reporter