Clayton Wilcox

Clayton Wilcox was superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools from July 2017-August 2019. He resigned following a suspension by the school board. During his tenure in Charlotte, Wilcox worked to close achievement gaps between white students and students of color, pushed for an equity policy and spearheaded the "Breaking The Link" report on how poverty and race affect academic success. But he was criticized for lack of transparency, poor communication after a student was shot and killed in a high school and giving some top-level hires big salaries. 


Mecklenburg County commissioners asked pointed questions Wednesday about Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' purchase of a panic-alarm system that doesn't work. But in a joint meeting with the school board and Superintendent Earnest Winston, they got little more than what Winston disclosed in a Jan. 10 news conference.

CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox
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Former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent Clayton Wilcox, who resigned abruptly in July, was accused by at least two senior administrators of making comments offensive to minority and female employees, the Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday.


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board, which has ousted two superintendents in the last five years, is preparing to create an independent office that could investigate reports of misconduct against top officials.

Tracy Russ
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ chief communications officer Tracy Russ announced Thursday that he’s stepping down immediately.

Russ was hired by Clayton Wilcox, who resigned under pressure from the school board early this month. His departure could be the start of a staff shakeup under new Superintendent Earnest Winston.

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Updated 4 p.m. 8/2/2019

Smarting from the fallout of two superintendent searches that ended in failure, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board voted Friday to name Earnest Winston superintendent with no plans to conduct a search.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Acting Superintendent Earnest Winston says he will not make any major administrative changes, for the time being, in the staff left behind by Clayton Wilcox who resigned as superintendent last week. On Charlotte Talks Monday, Winston says he is excited to be at the helm of CMS and is focused on getting schools ready for the Aug. 26 opening.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox is resigning effective Aug. 2. The decision comes after the school board met in closed session Friday morning, during which they voted unanimously to accept his resignation. 

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

CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox
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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board has hired a global public relations firm for $30,000 that specializes in crisis management to deal with the aftermath of the suspension of Superintendent Clayton Wilcox. The board suspended Wilcox Monday with pay.

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The westside residents who gathered at a Freedom Drive school Monday night had hoped to hear Superintendent Clayton Wilcox talk about hiring a new principal for West Charlotte High. Instead, about 50 people heard Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board chair Mary McCray acknowledge that her board had just suspended Wilcox indefinitely.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox has been suspended by the board of education. After a meeting Monday morning between Wilcox and some school board leaders, CMS officials announced his suspension in an email. Wilcox, the district’s fifth superintendent in 10 years, has only been on the job two years.

CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox
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Updated at 12:45 p.m.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox was suspended after meeting with school board leaders this morning.

CMS schools will be closed on May 1 in response to the large number of district teachers who have requested time off to participate in a march and rally in Raleigh. Teachers will also use the day to lobby legislators for pay raises, increases in per-pupil spending, additional resources and other benefits.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox says he is evaluating whether to cancel school on May 1, the day of a planned teach rally at the state capitol.

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CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox says school safety is his top priority and that’s reflected in his proposed budget for next year. Wilcox wants almost $22 million dollars to pay for more security cameras, fencing, panic cards for teachers and upgraded locks. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox on Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins.
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CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox’s contract has been extended to the end of the 2023 fiscal year and he’s receiving a raise.

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Monday's deadly shooting at Butler High School comes at a time when officials with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are in the process of searching for ways to make district schools safer. Many CMS schools received a variety of security upgrades this year to the tune of $1.75 million in funding from the county. Additional funds from county commissioners have been approved that school officials are figuring out where and how to spend. 

Timisha Barnes-Jones, principal of West Charlotte High School.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Timisha Barnes-Jones, principal of West Charlotte High School, was named 2018 principal of the year for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district in a surprise ceremony Tuesday.

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Sobering is how Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox described the district’s student test scores and graduation rate for last year. 

Jennifer Worsham

Monday was the first day of school for the majority of Charlotte-Mecklenburg students. Additional security measures and a new student assignment plan to make schools more diverse were in place. In an interview on Charlotte Talks, Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said overall things went well.