Charlotte Mecklenburg School System is the largest in the State of NC. I worked at an elementary school with about 800 students. My case load was high as an ESL teacher. It was difficult to help every student.
CMS tries to improve the work culture at every juncture. My local principal and department chair were excellent leaders. My colleagues were the cream of the crop. Within the district, I had the opportunity to work with excellent professionals who strove to develop curriculum which would fulfill the current pedagogical standards.
The Job here doesn’t pay enough to live alone or even live without having to worry about how something will get paid. Outside the hours and annual days off this job isn’t the best no job advancement and not enough pay.
I worked at CMS in many different position during my career as an educator. My answers on the survey reflect my last position as a Title I Tutor. I retire from CMS and my retirement benefits are very good. I work part time to stay connected to education. It is a place of continuous learning and I plan to be a life long learner.
Poor Management. When complaints or concerns are made to HR they do very little or fail to follow up. Principals appear to have an I do not care attitude when you have an issue that you want resolved thru HR, because they are confident that the words they speak of the employee will take more credence over the employee.
Before I got with CMS I use to hear rumors of some of the bad stuff but when I started it was much worse. Schools are old with funding going other places besides the kids. The custodial staff is usually the scapegoat when bad reviews happen. Custodial staff are paid pennies given little to no supplies and expected to perform miracles. The schools suffer and so do the kids. Half the schools especially title 1 dont have control of there kids. Bad behavior and drugs get overlooked because some principals are only worried about the money that comes in the more kids they have.
Benefits are great
Management is bad, some schools are forgotten or they stopped caring, low pay, advancement is almost impossible with some eillinh to black ball you to keep you
The system needs a revamp. I have never been so unappreciated for the quality work that I do, EVER. It's sad the athe superintendent gets a raise but the teachers who are in the classroom cannot get one. Budget this and that...but sacrifices have to be made and it's not creating new positions. They don't appreciate their employees
The hours you put in as a teacher do not coincide with the pay. The administration is your worst enemy. If we could go in do our job with the students and not have to worry about the politics of the school, it would be a better place for all concerned.
With new management in place, it appears that CMS will become a more equitable place to work. The work is challenging but rewarding. Some of the workload could be lessened but that is a state issue, not a district issue.
Great life experience. Glad I found joy in teaching and coaching. Many lessons learned in dealing with children and parents. Truly gratified with overall growth of students from 9th through 12th grade. Administration of individual schools makes a huge difference in performance of both staff and students.
Love the relaxed dress code. Much satisfaction in watching kids learn and grow