Many CMS teachers unhappy with superintendent hire

Many CMS teachers unhappy with superintendent hire

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NewsChannel 36

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 19 at 11:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Just hours after the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board announced Heath Morrison as the district's new superintendent, Judy Kidd began receiving emails from angry CMS employees.

"Emails calling for a walk out of all teachers," said the Classroom Teachers Association President. "Now, that's not the right thing to do--because we are here for the children--but they are calling the hire disgusting."

The CTA was vocal about its support of Ann Clark for the superintendent job. Teachers said Clark, who has spent the past three decades working her way up through CMS, was more familiar with the district's problems and would better suit its needs.

Some educators said they feel Morrison is a carbon copy of Peter Gorman.

Although she is wary of Morrison, Kidd claimed the real problem was the way the hiring was handled and the message it sends to employees.

"The real issue is the Board of Education didn't listen to the teachers down in the trenches. It tells everyone who works at CMS they can work as hard as they want as long as they want and still will never get anywhere," said Kidd.

Morrison told NewsChannel 36 he understood educator loyalty to Clark but hopes to ease the employees' fears by listening to them.

"I believe as a superintendent, I am just a teacher on special assignment," said Morrison. "My plan is to get there and listen to what teachers, students, parents and community leaders have to say."

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