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CMS chief names top executives
Holdovers Clark, Winston added to team
 
Published Monday, July 9, 2012 10:00 pm
by Herbert L. White

New Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison’s executive team is a mix of old and new.


Morrison, who was officially sworn in on July 9 at a special school board meeting, named CMS executives Ann Clark and Earnest Winston deputy superintendent and chief of staff, respectively. He also named Tulsa Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Millard House II chief operating officer and Boston Public Schools chief accountability officer Frank Barnes to the same position at CMS.


“To take our district from good to great, we need an executive team that is bold and visionary – and these people were chosen from a nationwide pool,” Morrison said. “We also need a wide range of perspectives, with some CMS veterans and some new leadership. Ann brings a formidable institutional knowledge to the deputy’s job and Earnest has been involved in teaching, public information and the superintendent’s office in his career with CMS.  Our two new team members, Millard and Frank, come with strong educational experience and credentials, as well as a fresh perspective."


Clark, the district’s chief academic officer, was a finalist for the top job that went to Morrison. Her new position will expand her duties overseeing curriculum, instruction and schools to include human resources and accountability. The chief academic officer position will remain vacant.


Winston, interim superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh’s executive coordinator, will take the newly-create chief of staff role. His former position won’t be filled, which Morrison said isn’t part of an executive reorganization. 


“After my first 100 days, when I have had time to get to know CMS and its operations, I may reorganize if I think it’s needed,” he said.


“Come August, we’re going to have 141,000 students knocking on the door. We need to be ready – and that’s why filling these jobs effectively and efficiently is important.”


• Angela Richardson has been named principal of Alexander Middle School. Richardson began her career in 1993 as a math facilitator and teacher and worked at Bruns Avenue and Derita elementary schools and Bradley and Cochrane middle.


She was named Bradley’s assistant principal in 2005 and moved to Cochrane three years later. In 2010, she was named assistant principal at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle.


Two schools are without a principal: Bailey Middle School and West Charlotte High School.

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