CMS Board To Discuss Personnel Contract In Wake Of Superintendent Resignation

Jul 30, 2019

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board has called a special meeting at 8 a.m. Friday morning to consider a personnel contract.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board, seen here in 2018, will hold a special meeting Friday to discuss a personnel contract.
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That's the day Superintendent Clayton Wilcox's resignation officially takes effect. The board suspended Wilcox, who took office just two years ago, for unspecified reasons on July 15. He agreed to resign a week later, effective Aug. 2.

Earnest Winston, the district's chief engagement officer and ombudsman, stepped in at the board's request the day his boss was suspended. But he doesn't have a contract to take over the top job.

When superintendents leave, the CMS board generally awards a one-year interim contract. That gives the board time to plan and conduct a search.

The last time around Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark was tapped when Heath Morrison resigned under pressure from the board near the end of 2014. Her one-year contract was extended for a second year as the board grappled with how to conduct a search and what the timetable should be. Wilcox, who was hired from a smaller district in Maryland, spent three months shadowing Clark before officially taking office July 1, 2017.

School board members could not be reached for comment Monday. According to a post on vice chair Elyse Dashew's Facebook page, seven of the nine members are attending a board training session at Harvard Business School. The goals include learning how to shape conditions for success.