Staffers: Massive Layoffs For CMS After-School Staff

CHARLOTTE, NC.–  Hundreds of Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District employees are scrambling to find a new job. Three site coordinators at CMS after-school enrichment programs tell WCCB the district is cutting 70% of the after-school staff. They say they’ve been told they have until April 1st. They tell WCCB Chief Academic Officer Brian Kingsley, informed them of the layoffs on Friday during a zoom meeting. The employees do not want to be identified.

“They stated that we ran through the budget, over $4 million they no longer have funds to support the sites,” says one employee.

They say Kingsley told employees the district will work with other partnerships instead. They tell WCCB one of them: the YMCA. According to Superintendent Earnest Winston’s bio on the district website, Winston is a former board member for the Stratford Richardson YMCA.

“We would like Mr. Winston to not be affiliated with the after-school programs as we feel as though him being a previous board member for the YMCA is a conflict of interest.”

The employees did not know how much money the district might save working with other partnerships. We’re told the employees are working with attorneys right now to draft a lawsuit. Depending on negotiations, they are prepared to proceed with a class-action lawsuit.

WCCB Charlotte’s Alexandra Elich pressed the district for a response, and a spokesperson says they will get back to us.