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It's official: Morrison to take the reigns of CMS

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday night to confirm Heath Morrison as the new superintendent of the school system.

"I am so honored and humbled by the decision of the board," Morrison said.

Morrison's base salary will be $288,000 a year with a bonus clause of up to 10 percent.

Morrison says he wants to conduct a listening tour first before announcing changes.  But he says his reforms will leave no child behind.

"We will be bold on behalf of children." Morrison said.

The new superintendent said his toughest challenge in Charlotte will be to rebuild public trust.  He says CMS is respected outside the county but not so much in Charlotte. 

"What I have to do is to really take ownership over that public engagement," Morrison said. "And really make sure when we are doing things at a high level, the public knows it so they can support us and when we are not doing what we need to do - we need to own that and make improvements."

Charlotte's new top educator claims he will address teacher morale.  He had a system in Washoe County and he may bring it to CMS.

"We started to do climate surveys," he said.  "And we saw there were schools with low morale and low climate. We started to figure out what we needed to do as a school district to intervene."

Morrison did address an issue facing the district.  Some in the south part of town want to break away from CMS.  They claim the district is too big and students living there don't get treated fairly.

"I want to be the superintendent of Charlotte - Mecklenburg schools," Morrison said.  "I don't want to see it broken apart."

Morrison is expected to take over on July 1, when the new fiscal year starts.  His contract lasts four years.

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