CMS board approves Morrison as superintendent

CMS board approves Morrison as superintendent

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NewsChannel 36

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 25 at 9:23 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –  The Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board made it official Tuesday night with a unanimous vote to approve Dr. Heath Morrison as the district's superintendent.

The four-year contract is worth more than $300,000 per year.

Morrison will make an annual base salary of $288,000, and is also eligible for a performance bonus each year of up to 10%.

The district will cover Morrison's moving costs and temporary housing for his family in Charlotte for up to 90 days. The contract also gives Morrison the use of a Board of Education vehicle.

The Reno, Nevada superintendent beat out CMS Chief Academic Officer Ann Clark and Memphis Superintendent Kriner Cash for the job.

Morrison is the 2012 National Superintendent of the Year. He told NewsChannel 36 he wants to jump right into the job, but doesn't expect to change much at first. Morrison said he plans to spend the first three months listening to parents, teachers and community leaders.

"I try to be an active listener--proactive instead of reactive--and a collaborative listener," said Morrison. "I want to listen to the people whose first choice was Clark or Cash. I respect that. I want to learn."

Morrison will start his job as superintendent July 1.

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