CMS superintendent reevaluates senior staff positions

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - New Charlotte Mecklenburg School District (CMS) Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox said he was going to spend part of his winter break evaluating the current school district's organizational structure. He wants to know if it works. If not, there could be changes when it comes to his current senior staff.

"I want to look at that,"  CMS Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox said.

"I want to have that examination with our new board members and our veteran board members. I want to talk to senior staff and ask do you feel appropriately staffed."

There are at least 11 staff members Wilcox gave only a one year contract.

They have been with CMS for several years. They were appointed to their current positions by previous CMS superintendents. Their positions include assistant superintendents and the accountability associate superintendent. Their contracts end on June 30, 2018.

All their salaries total to about $1.5 million.

"My sense is we might be able to reduce some of our administrative spends," Wilcox said. "And redirect some of those dollars to classrooms."

Charlotte's top educator has been on the job less than a year says he will take his time to figure out what to do with his management team that's currently in place.

"I want to be fair with people," Wilcox said. "I am not at a place right now where I would say to any one person this isn't working or this is working."

The superintendent says he will not leave people guessing about their future with the school district.

"My sense is that I probably owe a conversation to a lot of people in late February," Wilcox said. "Or early March time frame. Some of that will play out during the budget process - we'll look then."

The school leader admits he is looking at his top executives' skills to see if they are thriving in their current position or if there needs to be a shake-up.

"One of the things we may look to do is kind of take people who are serving in one capacity right now," Wilcox said. "And perhaps take advantage of their skills and expertise and let them serve in another area within the system."

Wilcox says he believes he has a good executive team already in place. When he makes his decision about positions in the next few weeks, he claims they won't be drastic.

"I don't anticipate that anybody's going to lose their job and be out on the street kind of thing," Wilcox said. "That's not the type of leader that I want to be known as."