Panelists prepping questions for CMS superintendent finalists

Panelists prepping questions for CMS superintendent finalists

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by BEN THOMPSON / NewsChannel 36 staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 10 at 7:02 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The final three candidates for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' new superintendent will appear in several locations Wednesday as part of the public vetting process.

CMS officials said the finalists "will visit the district" this Wednesday and Thursday.  The candidates will face a whirlwind schedule of meetings and interviews over a two-day period.  Panelists will ask questions of the candidates at four public meetings.

"I'll ask what I think is necessary to ask.  That is the reason for having the public involved," said Kojo Nantambu, president of the Charlotte NAACP.  He'll be a panelist at the meeting located in St. Peter's Episcopal Church in uptown.

One of the questions Nantambo says he'll ask the candidates is, "What have you done to change your district?"

Fellow panelist Pam Grundy said she's interested in asking about the candidate's opinions on testing across the district.  Grundy is the head of the group Mecklenburg ACTS.

"I think it will be very important to see how they deal with questions and how well they listen to the questions," said Gundy

The first candidate, Kriner Cash, is the superintendent of Memphis City Schools. The second candidate, Heath Morrison, is the superintendent in Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada.  The final candidate is Ann Clark, a school official for CMS. Clark is Chief Academic Officer of CMS.

School board Chair Ericka Ellis-Stewart said the board is trying to allow as many people as possible to have a role in the superintendent selection process.

“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,” she said.

Here are some aspects of the interviews for this week:

(Closed) school meetings: The candidates will meet between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday with principals, CMS staff and students at Mallard Creek High, Sedgefield Middle and Nathaniel Alexander Elementary.

Public meetings: Each candidate will appear individually at panel discussion meetings this Wednesday afternoon.
Final public meeting: All three candidates will participate in a panel discussion meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Northwest School of the Arts on Beatties Ford Road.

April 12: Candidates will tour schools and meet with CMS principals in the morning. Then they’ll attend an invitation-only lunch with elected officials, before being interviewed by the school board in closed sessions.
 

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