Heath Morrison

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools board has come under heavy criticism for the way it's handled the departure of former Superintendent Heath Morrison. The board hasn't addressed the specific reasons it wanted Morrison to leave. Much of the information we do have comes from an internal report leaked to the Charlotte Observer. Acting Superintendent Ann Clark joined Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins to discuss these concerns and her goals moving forward. 

Lisa Worf / WFAE

A lot of questions remain about Heath Morrison’s departure as Superintendent of CMS, but it’s becoming clearer how that process went down. For one, CMS school board member Rhonda Lennon says he gave his resignation before the board could even discuss firing him. She says Morrison did that after he was given an outline of allegations against him. 


CMS School Board Chairman Mary McCray finally spoke to reporters late Tuesday regarding the sudden resignation of Superintendent Heath Morrison.  However, all she said was  she had nothing to say.

"I know that you have many questions at this time.  But we’re unable to answer those and will be available as soon as we have information of value to share," McCray said at the Government Center.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison says he’s resigning to spend more time with his family and take care of his mother. The school board will meet Thursday to vote on the details of the separation agreement. 

The reports began circulating yesterday morning that Morrison may be on his way out. The school board finally confirmed them in the evening. That was after reporters had camped out at CMS headquarters through the afternoon and after some awkward press briefings in which CMS staff had no news to report.

Reports: CMS Superintendent Morrison To Resign

Nov 3, 2014
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

There are multiple reports that CMS superintendent Heath Morrison is going to resign.

WFAE's Lisa Worf spoke to Mark Rumsey during All Things Considered from CMS headquarters, where reporters are waiting on CMS officials to release a formal statement. Here's their conversation:

WFAE has spoken to several school board members.  They said they couldn’t comment on the situation, but they didn’t seem to be caught off guard.

School board member Ericka Ellis said she won’t say anything until Morrison makes a statement of his own.

CMS And Charter Schools

Apr 11, 2014
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

If you’ve been following public education in recent years, it almost seems as if the system is under siege.  That’s certainly the case locally.  CMS recently told county commissioners that they would likely lose $80 million to charter schools this year – an amount that cannot be made up with cuts in overhead.  And teacher pay continues to be a big issue.  We get an update on all this from Superintendent Heath Morrison and state school board member John Tate.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

CMS superintendent Heath Morrison recently presented the budget for the upcoming school year. And fiscal challenges exist for all of CMS’ funding sources: county, state and federal. But despite those hurdles, Dr. Morrison says that the school district will continue pushing for success for all students. Under his leadership he plans to personalize education for each student and more fully embrace the diverse cultures of the student population. A conversation with Superintendent Morrison, when Charlotte Talks.

Lisa Miller

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison last night laid out his long-range plans for the district’s future.

“It is about every child.  It is about not narrowing gaps, but closing gaps. And it is having every student graduate with a post-secondary plan,” said Morrison.

It was a highly anticipated address at the Belk Theater to help mark his first 100 days on the job. A CMS orchestra opened the evening and a student choir closed out his speech.  

Morrison said he wants to put more students in advanced level classes, provide more coaching for teachers, get kids to create electronic portfolios of their work, and open more magnet schools. 

Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system gave its seniors a new goal Wednesday to accomplish before graduating– build three houses. CMS is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to encourage students to get their hands dirty.

Hard hats, tool belts and wooden boards were set up in front of the bookshelves in Independence High School's library as CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison announced the partnership, called Senior Buildup.

Morrison said it's all about giving students a well-rounded education.

CMS

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system is reorganizing its leadership, starting with the people in charge of human resources and communications. That’s after audits released Tuesday showed those departments weren’t doing a good enough job.