• CMS fighting to get $800 million bond on ballot for school maintenance

    By: Elsa Gillis


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are fighting to get an $800 million bond package on November’s ballot.

    School officials say they desperately need money to fix old and failing infrastructure.

    Judy Kidd, the president of the Classroom Teacher Association, feels there is more to the district’s maintenance problem than money.

    "I think the issue is years and years of neglect,” Kidd said.

    A CMS teacher sent Kidd photos of cockroaches after walking into her classroom.

    "I have teachers calling me in tears because they have preschoolers crawling around in cockroaches and cockroach droppings and rat and mice droppings,” Kidd said.

    Channel 9 looked into the county’s health department inspection report from CMS.

    At North Mecklenburg High School, inspectors observed “ceiling with bacteria growth in several areas" in June, 2016.

    Inspectors found "water from showers is brown" in the locker rooms at East Mecklenburg High School February, 2016.

    At Myers Park High School, inspectors found "roaches in the Culinary class."

    CMS statement:
    "CMS is committed to providing safe and clean environments for students and staff.  
    Warmer weather and humidity typically result in an increase in requests for pest control not only in school buildings, but in many private homes and commercial locations as well. Our maintenance and building services teams work throughout the day and sometimes night to respond to all maintenance work orders as quickly as possible, with most being addressed within days of submission, emergency situations receive an immediate response.  
    Our teams will continue to work diligently to keep our aging schools safe and clean for teaching and learning."

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