Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has named 25 community members and 23 employees to lead the task forces that will help Superintendent Heath Morrison and the school board chart the future of CMS.
A news release says CMS has already gotten hundreds of requests to take part. Morrison wants to keep membership to about a dozen on each of the 22 panels to ensure each group can work effectively. That means some won't get a requested assignment -- but everyone will have a chance to attend public meetings with the task forces in 2013.
District leaders plan to announce membership later this month, with task force meetings running from January to June and helping shape the 2013-14 budget and the five-year strategic plan.
Here's who has been named to lead the groups:
*Closing the Achievement Gap: Marian Yates, former principal of South Mecklenburg High, and Karin Dancy, CMS director of grant innovation.
*Early Childhood: Anna Nelson, a leader of the C.D. Spangler Foundation and co-chair of Project LIFT, and Julie Babb, CMS director of prekindergarten services.
*African American Males: Eric Watson of Food Lion; Nick Wharton, identified by CMS as "community member;" and Deb Kaclik, CMS director of arts, health and physical education.
*Special Education: Gil Middlebrooks, a former CMS parent and a lawyer who has represented CMS in special-ed cases, and Laura Hamby, director of exceptional children.
*Gifted Students: Molly Griffin, former CMS board chair and parent, and Kathleen Koch, CMS director of advanced studies.
*Professional Growth System: Tim Hurley, executive director of Teach for America's Charlotte office, and Nicole Priestly, executive director of CMS' central elementary zone.
*Compensation: Bo Boylan, a CMS parent and business consultant, and CMS program manager Jaronica Howard.
*CMS Foundation: Jay Everette of Wells Fargo and CMS partnership coordinator Phyllis Croutch.
*Cultural Competence Framework: Dianne English, executive director of the Community Building Initiative, and Maria Petrea, former principal of Collinswood Language Academy and current executive director of CMS' east zone.
*Process and System Improvement: Leslie Johnson, associate general manager for Mecklenburg County, and Janelle Jenkins, a Broad Fellow working for CMS.
*Choice, Alternatives and Magnets: CMS parent Joel Gilland, CMS magnet director Jeff Linker and CMS executive director of alternative education Lisa Barnes.
*Technology and Blended Learning: Gwen Simmons, Mecklenburg County's chief technology officer, and Kay Hall, CMS director of business systems.
*Public Trust, Marketing and Branding: Jerri Haigler, a former CMS spokeswoman who is now a communication executive for United Way of Central Carolinas, and CMS communications director Tahira Stalberte.
*Time, Capital and Resource Management: Julian Wright, a CMS parent who once chaired the CMS Equity Committee, and LuEllen Richard, CMS executive director of financial services.