No one can accuse Heath Morrison of being stingy with communication.
The superintendent's web page has added a "Heath's Hot Topics" feature, with graphics suggesting someone was drinking a lot of caffeine during the design. Early topics include the budget process, an update from Raleigh and the threats at Hough High earlier this month.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has also added a "Rumor Has It" feature for district officials to address questions and controversy. I can claim the distinction of kicking it off; the first entry was in response to my reporting on a Providence employee who was still listed on the CMS payroll 10 years after he left on worker's comp. Other posts have addressed questions about extra pay for National Board Certification and the raises proposed for 2013-14.
(The item about "selective raises" reminded me of the flap over last year's market-adjustment raises, which bumped up some salaries by as much as $17,000. Chief Financial Officer Sheila Shirley says there are no market adjustment raises in the 2013-14 plan.)
The CMS web page has also added a prominent link to "CMS en Español," with several key documents translated. It's a recognition of the growing international population here, with Spanish speakers as the largest language minority. It'll be interesting to see whether CMS adds options for some of the other 165 languages spoken by students. The Portland Public Schools site, for instance, has links for Chinese, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.