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Dashew Is Unanimous Choice for CMS Board Chair

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Elyse Dashew (center, red dress) is sworn in for a second term, with outgoing Chair Mary McCray holding the Bible, just before Dashew was elected CMS board chair.

Elyse Dashew was unanimously elected to chair the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board Tuesday, the first new chairperson since Mary McCray was first elected in 2012.

McCray and board member Ericka Ellis-Stewart didn't run this year. New at-large members Lenora Shipp and Jennifer De La Jara were sworn in Tuesday, along with Dashew, who was elected to a second four-year term.

Dashew, who was vice chair during the past year, was quickly chosen as chair, with Thelma Byers-Bailey getting a unanimous vote for vice chair.

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Departing CMS board members Mary McCray (left) and Ericka Ellis-Stewart listen to tributes from their colleagues.

Board members said their farewells to Ellis-Stewart and McCray, who served eight years.

"This hard and messy and life-changing work is your legacy," Dashew told them. "Please know that this board is going to carry that legacy forward."