CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The man who leads schools in North Carolina's largest city says he expects to have to lay off more than 1,000 of the district's 19,000 employees for the coming school year.
Multiple media outlets reported that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Peter Gorman said Wednesday he expects to trim 1,030 workers for the 2010-11 fiscal year.
Gorman says there appears to be a $78 million gap between what the school district needs and what it expects from the county and the state.
He said earlier this week he will ask local officials for an extra $16 million for the coming year. But Mecklenburg County officials already have warned the school system that they expect to cut the district budget, not increase it.
Gorman expects the layoffs to include 600 teachers, 250 other employees and 164 teacher assistants.
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