Back to School for CMS Students Monday

CHARLOTTE, NC – We’re just hours away from buses rolling out in Charlotte as students go back to school. Be prepared for heavier traffic and a longer commute.

Jenny Robles and her family enjoyed their last day together before classes begin.

“We’ve got good teachers and a great school so we’re excited to get back at it,” Robles says.

This year, CMS enrollment is up by 750 students for a total of more than 150,000 district wide.

It’s also the first school day for new Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox.

He comes in as the district works to implement a controversial new student assignment plan.

“I think the challenge for us is execution, making sure we have deliver on the promise we have promised,” Wilcox says.

Even if you don’t have kids in school, you’ll see a traffic impact.

Police say give yourself more time for your commute.

And be prepared.. officers say they won’t be giving out warning tickets Monday.

If you’re caught speeding in a school zone, you’ll face a $238 fine with three points on your license.

If you pass a stopped school bus, the fine is $500 and five points.

We caught up with Joe Anderson and his grandson Will, who is an incoming third-grader at Park Road Montessori.

Anderson says he doesn’t mind the strict traffic enforcement, if it keeps kids safe.

“The speed limit is the warning, so if you’re speeding in a school zone, especially in a school zone, I think you should get a ticket,” Anderson says.