Parent Teacher Magazine Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools September 2017 - Page 7

Police officers help get kids ready for school Annual shopping event to be held at Target Northlake Board of Education approves $1.4 billion operating budget Teachers, principals, bus drivers and other employees receive pay raises ​ The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9 held its annual Back To School FOP Cops and Kids program Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Target at 9841 Northlake Centre Parkway in Charlotte. For this annual event, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police worked closely with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and other community partners to identify students who need a little extra help. Members of the Fraternal Order of Police took the selected students shopping for school supplies and clothes. “We hope that by helping them with purchases of school supplies and clothing, they can start the school year on a positive note,” said Randy Hagler, chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Police Department, which participated in the event. The shopping trip was funded by contributions from the community to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9. “On behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police and children of our community, we thank everyone for their support,” said Mark Michalec, president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg FOP Lodge #9. “We also thank Target for partnering with us to serve the kids.” The Frateral Order of Police includes men and women in law enforcement throughout Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Members serve in all capacities of law enforcement, including local, state and federal agencies. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education approved the 2017-2018 operating budget at its regular meeting August 8. The total budget is $1.4 billion and provides raises for all district employees. The budget in cludes funding from federal, state, local and other sources. The budget gives an average increase of 3.3 percent to teachers and other certified staff. Principals and assistant principals will receive a raise of seven percent on total gross pay. Bus drivers will receive a $1,500 increase. All other full-time, non-certified employees will receive $1,000 or a three percent increase, whichever is greater. Occupational therapists and physical therapists will be put on the newly approved salary schedule that is based on ranges set by the North Carolina State Board of Education. Other budget highlights are the addition of six social workers and six counselors to provide social and emotional support to students, and money to cover an anticipated enrollment increase of 753 students. CMS will also open five new schools in the 2017-2018 school year. As part of its continuing effort to streamline costs and maximize the available funding from the state and the county, CMS also reduced funding by more than $1 million in central-administration departments. - Family Fun Workout - Crunch It Up Charades! Everyone should know how to play the classic game of charades, if not search for the instructions online. We've decided to add an ab buster routine to the classic game and its pretty simple. While one teammate is acting out their role the other teammates are doing one of these variation of crunches while attempting to guess the role being played by their teammate: - Basic Crunches - Bicycle Crunches - Reverse Crunches - V-sit Crunches *** The team must continue doing crunches until someone on the team correctly identifies the role being played by teammate.*** Parent Teacher Magazine • September/October 2017 • 5