Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Will CMS name an interim superintendent?

Mary McCray
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools doesn't technically have a superintendent right now. That might soon change.

School board chairwoman Mary McCray said Wednesday that the board would meet in closed session next week to discuss a potential interim superintendent. She said the discussion would not involve setting the stage for a search for a permanent superintendent, since that needs to be done in public.

Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark has been leading the district without a job title change since former Superintendent Heath Morrison resigned in November. She has said she would be open to serving as superintendent if the board desired.

McCray didn't say whether they were specifically looking at Clark. But a significant portion of the community has backed her to lead the district for the long-term.

The district has chosen an interim superintendent the last two times the superintendent has left. Hugh Hattabaugh was interim superintendent after Peter Gorman left in 2011. Frances Haithcock was the interim after James Pughsley retired in 2005.


Anonymous said...

That is like the fox watching the hen house.

Why does CMS need hire consultants for the Magnet Program. What the heck are all the lawyers and everyone else that received the market adjustment raises qualified for ? Do we not have ANYONE on staff that received these raises that can do the job?


Anonymous said...

Of course they won't hire an interim super. That deal was likely done before Clark, Battle and the BOE got together and decided to cook Morrison's goose. Truth be told, the deal was probably done before they hired Morrison. They were probably very disappointed that the National Superintendent of the Year applied for their job and they could think of no way not to hire him without disclosing their true motive, which was advancing their own disparate intersts AND NOT PROVIDING THE BEST EDUCATION TO THE KIDS.

Anonymous said...

Are Charlotte's real leaders going to step up and be heard on this or are they going to let these goons totally corrupt the future of Mecklenburg County?

Anonymous said...

Is Ann Clark worth 10 teachers and a couple of teaching assistants ?

No I aint gonna work on Annie Clarks farm no more !

Anonymous said...

It's interesting how the board is going to start evaluating the superintendent based on what subordinates say about him or her. Andrew, when you wrote about that topic, as a reporter, shouldn't you have asked whether there was a downside to that approach? I mean, what if the superintendent wants to change something important about CMS. For example, what is he/she were to try to do something unpopular but for the good of students, such as eliminate tenure? Wouldn't he/she be afraid of making waves, with evaluations coming from CMS subordinates? This 360 degree evaluation idea seems like a really bad idea in an environment that begs for reform such as the public school system. I realize you're new to the reporting profession, but your articles should question CMS talking points more often.

Anonymous said...

Anon at 6:43--thought Battle owned the farm and Clark was just his scarecow.

Chamberlain said...

why aren't all schools run like Magnet schools? What's the difference between my local school and a magnet school?

Wiley Coyote said...

Please appoint Vilma Leake.

We don't have any comedy coming out of CMS these days...

Unknown said...

TO: Chamberlain

Subject: Your question, “…why aren't all schools run like Magnet schools?”

That will never happen. ..two reasons

Magnets and poverty neighborhood schools have different grading methods.

The Board majority wants to grade magnets, and many high performing neighborhood schools, on rigorous achievement.

Poverty neighborhood schools, which can barely maintain their tags as a “place of learning,” give grades that are a reflection of how much better a student is over the course of the year; even if that final grade is a “D.” It’s called “Growth.”

There is also the question of diversity. As one Board member at today’s workshop session stated, “Our magnets may be our most diverse schools.” On the other hand, most neighborhood schools are so segregated that you’d think Plessy v. Ferguson was still the law of the land.

The City and County leaders need to pay attention to the Board of Education discussions that are going-on about this problem. The Board is trying to get in front of the obvious…the State of North Carolina has done-away with “Growth” as a measurement of how good is a school.

What that means is that all of the poverty neighborhood school parents who think their children are performing so well, are about to find-out the state thinks exactly the opposite. Charlotte and Mecklenburg County may be about to get a national label as an underperforming school district.

Chamberlain, you have asked the question which the Board would truly wish to accommodate with a “yes, we will manage neighborhood schools just like magnets.” The Board wants every student to exhibit rigor. It is light years away from that. For the next decade CMS may well continue to graduate those who can read and write; and those who wish they could.

Bolyn McClung

Wiley Coyote said...

Bolyn, you could have saved yourself all that time typing by simply stating the next 20 years will be just like the past 45 years.

The status quo and what is expected of parents and students will remain exactly the same.

You were doing so well until you used the word "diversity".

Anonymous said...

Alicia said...

RE: Bolyn's post

There is also the question of diversity. As one Board member at today’s workshop session stated, “Our magnets may be our most diverse schools.”

Having attended an outstanding magnet high school founded in 1973:

Magnet schools were originally developed to provide an alternative to forced busing. The idea was to create something of unique quality, place it in a strategic area of town and fund it at a higher rate than a traditional neighborhood school. When done right, magnet schools can and do achieve an ideal mix of volunatry diversity that benefits academic achievement for all. I wrote my 1987 master's thesis on the topic of art magnet schools.

Fast forward to Charlotte: I fail to understand the reasoning behind CMS' hyper expansion of partial magnet schools other than to provide additional funding to a larger number of underperforming schools that have no hope of attracting educated and higher income families. Magnet schools cost more to operate than traditional neighborhood schools. As far as I see it, it's more about manipulating funding to certain schools at the expense of other schools. And we all know where those "other" schools that supposedly don't need additional funding or a STEM program are located.


Take back our schools said...

I will bet all of your county property tax dollars plus 50% more that the next superintendednt will be black.

Larry said...

What ever they do will be the most intelligent, well researched and best decision ever made for us.

They will also find a Super who will reflect the intelligence, understanding and be such a shining example of what is the best of this board.

I for one can not wait to see what marvelous things they come up with next.

See I told you I was running for that spot on the board.

Larry said...

9:34 That is not fair to say about our School Board.

They will do extensive research, bring in many consultants, see how things are done in other systems, seek council of some the most learned minds in the country, spend what ever it takes to assure they get they make the right decision.

Then they will do what you said. So you missed many steps.

Same with the current position on the board. You know like they put in a democrat in an open position that is always held by a Republican a short while back. They will do for that open position what you just said about the Super.

No way they are going to anger certain groups, those folks in the southern part of the county they could care less about.

Larry said...

Hey can I plug my

Website on here?

Oh if I get on the board I will ask them to donate their salary like I will to the schools which need it the most.

That way it shows we are really in it for the kids.

Anonymous said...

No employee making more than $50,000 is " IN IT FOR THE KIDS "

Anonymous said...

Most challenging high schools in the US (Washington Post), only 2 from our area make the top 1000, Weddington HS and Cato Middle School.

Congrats to those schools!

Anonymous said...

"Clark sucks."
There, an anonymous person said it - not Battle can have a reason to "investigate" her and get her fired if he doesn't like something she says.