Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will eliminate 58 campus security guards next year because of budget cuts.
The district’s 177 guards must reapply for 119 jobs next school year. The guards perform a range of duties, from assisting principals and staff with disciplinary issues to directing traffic.
No cuts are planned for the 12-member CMS law enforcement squad, which is made up of police officers and detectives.
With the elimination of security jobs, total CMS layoffs are now approaching 500. Twenty-one of workers 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.
With less funding from state and county government, the school board this week approved a $1.2 billion budget for next year that calls for $51.1 million in cuts.
The approved budget did not include millions of dollars in cuts requested by Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones.
If additional cuts are required, as many as 782 more people could be fired, CMS has said. Those cuts would be at the school level and include teachers, teacher assistants and assistant principals, officials said.
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