The folks who served on Superintendent Heath Morrison's 21 advisory task forces over the last few months will gather at West Charlotte High this afternoon to celebrate the end of their work and offer brief highlights of their recommendations. The full reports will be posted on the CMS task force web site on Wednesday, says Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark.
Today's get-together is mostly to thank the 300-plus citizens and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees who delved into such topics as early childhood, technology, gifted students, magnets and choice, public trust, parent engagement and cultural competence. After the release, Clark said, CMS will sort all the recommendations into action categories, from those that can and should be put in place right away to those that require more money, more study or changes in policy/legislation. The suggestions will shape discussions as Morrison and the board revise the district's strategic plan in coming weeks.
Most of the task forces have wrapped up their work, though some may continue to meet occasionally. But one is just gearing up, and it's a hot topic: Compensation. When Morrison launched his list of 22 task forces in November, there was already a group of educators working on a "strategic compensation" plan for teachers tied to a state request with a March 1 deadline. That group didn't include outsiders and was never listed among the task forces whose meetings were open to the public. Instead, Clark said, a new task force has been formed with a broader goal of looking at compensation for all 18,000-plus employees, not just teachers. Members of the previous panel have been invited to join. Clark said the new group's roster and meetings will be posted in the next few days. Anyone may attend, including interested CMS employees who aren't on the panel, she said.