CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison held the first of six small-group parent meetings Wednesday at Harding University High School in Charlotte.
The parents and teachers in attendance asked specific questions about their own children, schools and concerns.
“Unfortunately, my second grader is in a class with a sub,” said parent Shannon Wilson.
“I want to know your thoughts on putting effective teachers in every classroom and more specifically my baby’s class because he's not had an effective teacher for a whole academic quarter,” she said.
The superintendent said the district is looking into how CMS teachers compare in absenteeism rates, especially long term absenteeism for health reasons or family problems.
"So the question is how long do we hold that position for that teacher at that school? Right now, it's quite some time,” he said.
Morrison also addressed safety in CMS schools and told parents about the district’s new questionnaire designed to help the staff identify parents’ concerns and priorities.
The survey, which began January 23 and ends February 8 is several pages and asks questions like, do you want card keys for elementary schools? Fencing around mobile classrooms? More security on campuses?
You can find the questionnaire on the CMS website: cms.k12.nc.us