Earnest Winston

New cabinet named by CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

This story was updated at 12 p.m. Sept. 11.

Superintendent Earnest Winston named a new cabinet Tuesday, promoting experienced Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools staff to key positions.


When the state posts enrollment tallies this fall, it’s a safe bet that the three biggest schools in North Carolina will be Ardrey Kell, South Mecklenburg and Myers Park high schools. They’re all south of uptown Charlotte, and each of them draws more than 3,000 students.

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.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center
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Hate mail and racist remarks have long been a reality for people in public life – especially for African Americans. But instead of quietly commiserating with colleagues, a few Charlotte officials are calling out those messages in public meetings.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members talked about stability when they gave Earnest Winston a three-year contract as superintendent earlier this month. But it turns out fine print in that contract means he doesn’t have much job security. 


Today is Earnest Winston’s first full day on the job as the new Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent. It’s been a whirlwind three weeks for the former chief engagement officer and ombudsman.

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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

The state has authorized acting Superintendent Earnest Winston to lead Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools even without the traditional qualifications, a move the CMS board is likely to make official Friday morning.