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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools suspends Supt. Clayton Wilcox
District gives no explanation for sanction
Published Monday, July 15, 2019 9:50 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox was suspended by the school district after a second meeting with the school board in as many months regarding his performance. District officials didn't offer an explanation for his suspension or a time frame.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools leadership is on hold while Superintendent Clayton Wilcox serves his suspension.

Wilcox was put on leave with pay Monday by the Board of Education after a second closed-door meeting to discuss an undisclosed personnel matter – the second in as many months. Sources in the school district said Wilcox was brought in part to explain the suspension of fingerprinting new employees, which is required by CMS policy. Earnest Winston, Wilcox's chief of staff, takes over as interim superintendent. The district has been led by four superintendents – either full-time or interim – since 2014.

“Under existing CMS policies, Dr. Wilcox will continue to receive his salary while suspended,” the board said in an open letter to students and parents. “During this time, CMS Chief Engagement Officer and Ombudsman Earnest Winston will serve as Acting Superintendent for our school district. Because this is a personnel matter, the Board cannot provide further details at this time.

“A school district is a community of people who are all dedicated to one thing above all – educating and supporting our students to prepare them for the futures they can achieve and deserve.

“Our work together for our students will continue uninterrupted, and together, we will succeed.”

The board didn't reveal the length of Wilcox's punishment or whether other sanctions are forthcoming.

Wilcox, who was hired in 2017, earned a two-year contract extension and $27,000 raise that boosted his annual salary to $307,000. During his time at CMS, North Carolina's second-largest school district, Wilcox has led a push for equity initiatives. On June 4, the district unveiled a review of equity efforts and a new program to ensure academic success for all students. It also released the second annual Breaking the Link report, which examines disparities based on poverty level and race in CMS schools.


It's refreshing to know that CMS is working towards a resolution and not focused on distribution of negativity. Parents and Students will benefit!
Posted on July 16, 2019

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