CMS Board To Discuss Superintendent Contract

Jul 17, 2019

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education will meet Friday morning to discuss the contract of recently suspended Superintendent Clayton Wilcox.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox was suspended with pay earlier this week.
Credit Gwendolyn Glenn / WFAE News

The meeting will be closed to the public. 

Wilcox, who has been at the helm of the district since mid-2017, was suspended with pay Monday after a meeting with board members. So far, neither school board members or Wilcox have provided any details about the reasons behind the suspension.

Wilcox had come under fire in recent months for violating district policy for his decision last summer to no longer fingerprint new hires. He was also scrutinized for bringing in top staff from Maryland — where he last worked — at high salaries, including his chief of staff’s husband in a newly-created, unadvertised position.

His contract had just been extended – and his salary boosted to $307,000 – in January.

In the meantime, the district's ombudsman, Earnest Winston, has been named acting superintendent. The new school year will start in just over a month.