The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board will decide today whether to keep Ericka Ellis-Stewart and Mary McCray in the chair and vice chair posts.
Early on, Ellis-Stewart's take-charge style and the new dominance of Democrats on the board raised some hackles among the board's non-Democrats. Since then the whole crew has been working with consultants to understand everyone's strengths, challenges and leadership styles and move forward as a team.
Who bangs the gavel -- and especially who holds the vice chairmanship -- means more to board members than it does to the average citizen. But how well the members work together is significant.
It's worth noting that in the past year, the school board has demonstrated less drama and conflict than the Mecklenburg County commissioners or the Charlotte City Council. They came together to hire Morrison and persuaded county commissioners to kick in money for a 3 percent staff raise. They've started taking some of their meetings on the road in an effort to be more accessible, and they'll tackle another round of extensive public meetings in 2013.
How that will play out in the leadership vote I can't predict. My guess is Ellis-Stewart will want to stay at the helm; the agenda also includes a vote on supporting her nomination as a national steering committee member for the Council of Urban Boards of Education. You can tune in at 6 p.m. online or on CMS-TV Cable 3.