selected Dr. Heath Morrison from three finalists for the
superintendency. Contract negotiations are currently under way and
once complete, the Board will vote at a regular meeting to officially
approve the hire of Dr. Morrison and his contract.
Dr. Morrison is presently superintendent of schools in Washoe County
(Reno), Nevada. He began his career in Maryland, working in Charles
and Montgomery counties as a teacher and administrator, before taking
the Reno job in 2009. He, CMS administrator Ann Clark and Memphis City
Schools leader Dr. Kriner Cash were the finalists for the CMS job.
"We had three very talented individuals in the list of finalists. All
of them had unique strengths and areas of expertise," said Ericka
Ellis-Stewart, chair of the Board of Education. "But we believe that
Dr. Morrison is the right leader for CMS now. He brings energy and
experience to the many challenges facing our district, as well as a
strong commitment to excellence and achievement."
The Board will formally vote on Dr. Morrison's selection at its
regularly scheduled meeting April 24.