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CMS superintendent to discuss contract extensions for senior staff for 2016


Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) District Superintendent Ann Clark says he will handle contract extensions for senior staff members starting next year. 

Currently there are more than a dozen CMS district top brass contracts are up in about six months. 

These positions are really important to the district. Positions include chief communications officer, chief of staff, chief accountability officer, chief financial officer and other senior positions. All their contracts end June 30, 2016.

CMS Board Chairperson Mary McCray says it is the responsibility of CMS Superintendent Ann Clark to present contracts of top level staff to the board for approval.

So far that has not been done. Clark sent an email Monday evening stating “I will discuss contract extensions with the school board early in 2016.” Former CMS school board member and current Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett believes this process is important to the stability of the district. 

He has this advice for the school board to make sure those talks happen.

"If she has not," Puckett said. "Then they should have been requesting that again - that's why you have a board of directors, not to micromanage but to make sure the senior person, in this case the superintendent, is doing her job and covering this long term management process."     

Puckett wants the board to do more to make sure members of the top brass stay. The politician thinks there could be more harm than good if those employees were told too late about their job status.

"You have thousands of employees," Puckett said. "And you have got to have someone in place that understands what the long term goals of the system are."

Clark's contract is up in July 2016.  Some believe she may be waiting to hear from the board about her own job status before deciding others contracts.  Many are fighting to keep Clark on as superintendent.

Parents are concerned about people who do important jobs for CMS in limbo.  

"We already have a difficult situation in CMS," Parent Mark Mason said. "Trying to get good funding for things.  Without these people doing their job, I think it's going to be even worse"

We checked with how other CMS top educators handled contract extensions. When Peter Gorman was CMS superintendent, he submitted his contract list of his senior staff in October.  When Interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh was in charge he submitted his list to school board members in September. 

We are now in December and still no list.  Parents hope there is enough time to keep people in place.

"I would like to think there's still some time." CMS Parent Ginny Sloan said.

Most of the senior staff have been with the district for years. And others were recently appointed by Clark to their positions. In order for every top brass to be on the same page about their future, Puckett believes conversations should happen sooner rather than later.

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