Thursday, April 5, 2012

CMS Superintendent candidates to visit Charlotte

Three finalists for the superintendency of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Schools will visit the district April 11-12 to meet with the Charlotte-
Mecklenburg Board of Education, CMS staff and the community.

The finalists, whose names will be disclosed on April 9, will meet
with principals and staff, and tour schools the morning of April 11.
Public meetings have been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon around
Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, concluding with a meeting at
Northwest School of the Arts for parents, students and staff. Media
interviews with each candidate have also been scheduled that afternoon.

"A quality public education is the bedrock of a thriving community.
Education is an economic driver that is the key to Mecklenburg
County's continued prosperity. A great public school system is led by
a leader with vision and commitment to the success of the next
generation. Our next superintendent will be the board and the
community's partner in producing graduates who are career and college
ready," said Ericka Ellis-Stewart, who chairs the nine-member Board of
Education. "We want everyone – the public, our families and our
employees – to take part in this critical part of the search process,
so we are making the candidates available in a variety of locations
and forums."

The candidates will meet with principals, CMS staff and students
during visits to Mallard Creek High, Sedgefield Middle and Nathaniel
Alexander Elementary between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April
11. These sessions are not open to the public or the media.

On the afternoon of April 11, each finalist will attend one session at
each of four sites (see link for details) to answer questions during
panel discussions. The panels will be made up of community members
chosen by the Board of Education. Panelists will submit their own
questions and also ask those supplied by the public. The public can
submit questions by sending a direct message to @CMS_Schools on
Twitter, or by sending a message to
CharlotteMecklenburgSchools. The deadline for submitting questions is
noon on April 10. Community members can also check for updates that
will be tweeted live on April 11 throughout the day by following the
hashtag #CMSSuptSearch.

The panel-discussion sessions will be held from 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m., 2:45
p.m. to 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal
Church (parish hall), the meeting chamber in the Government Center and
Francis Auditorium in the main library on Sixth Street. The last
session, which will include all three candidates, will be held at
Northwest School of the Arts from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To see the
complete schedule, click here.

Media interviews with each candidate will be scheduled at 12:45 p.m.,
2:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. in room CH 18 at the Government Center.

On Thursday, April 12, the candidates will participate in their last
school tours and meeting with CMS principals in the morning before
attending an invitation-only lunch with area education officials and
elected representatives. After lunch, the Board of Education will
conduct interviews with each candidate in closed sessions. There will
be no media opportunities on April 12.

The Board of Education is expected to announce the new superintendent
by early May.