Just last week, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board chairwoman Mary McCray speculated that the reason Heath Morrison left his role as superintendent without a fight is because he saw "a future out there" for himself.
And if that future is in leading a public school district, there are certainly plenty of large districts looking for a new leader.
The job leading Los Angeles schools is clearly the plum position on the list. Morrison's name has already been linked to the search by websites covering the school system.
For his part, Morrison -- who is 48 -- has said there will certainly be lots of rumors about him pursuing this job or that job, but has declined to comment on any positions in particular.
And of course, there's no guarantee he'd go back into a superintendent's job. Morrison's predecessor at CMS, Peter Gorman, left for a job in the private sector in the educational division of News Corp.
Here's a sampling of big school districts looking for a new superintendent:
- Los Angeles Unified School District (California), 670,000 students
- Albuquerque Public Schools (New Mexico), 94,318 students
- Austin Independent School District (Texas), 85,355 students
- Fort Worth Independent School District (Texas), 84,588 students
- Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (Tennessee), 80,393 students
- Elk Grove Unified Public Schools (California), 62,000 students
- Boston Public Schools (Massachusetts), 57,000 students
- Seattle Public Schools (Washington), 49.269 students
And by the way, Washoe County in Nevada is looking for a new superintendent now, too.