On Wednesday, May 12, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools staff notified its campus security associates that 60 of their positions have been eliminated in the 2009-2010 budget. Instead of having 177 campus security associates next year, the district will employ 119 (two positions were added for the middle schools that are opening next year). All of the campus security associates will be required to reapply for their jobs and 119 applicants will be chosen to fill the budgeted positions.
Campus security associates monitor school policies and procedures and assist school principals and staff with disciplinary issues. They also conduct safe schools audits and ensure crisis kits and plans are current. They take on varying additional functions based on the needs of CMS schools; some may direct traffic in the morning and afternoon, provide security at athletic events and after-school activities, and provide security at the Education Center. Campus security associates are not sworn police officers. No cuts are planned for CMS’ School Law Enforcement team, which is made up of police officers and detectives.
The cuts are part of the $51.1 million in reductions that are included in the budget proposal adopted by the Board of Education at its May 12 meeting. The reductions and redirections in the proposal included cutting 534 positions from the budget. If the district has to make additional cuts, 782 more positions would be eliminated. All of those 782 positions would be at the school level, and would include teachers, teacher assistants and assistant principals.
A total of 498 employees have received letters notifying them that their positions were scheduled to be eliminated. Of those, 21 employees were immediately let go because they worked in areas with access to sensitive information. Some of the laid-off employees will continue to work until June 30 and may apply for other jobs in the district.