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Dashew is unanimous choice for CMS Board Chair

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.

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." 

Ann Doss Helms has covered education in the Charlotte area for over 20 years, first at The Charlotte Observer and then at WFAE. Reach her at ahelms@wfae.org or 704-926-3859.