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CMS And The Digital Dive

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is getting ready to plunge into the deep end of the technology pool this year, having shelled out upward of $6 million for all schools to sport wireless Internet access, along with spending about $5 million to provide iPads and training for select teachers and administrators to help facilitate academic excellence. The Board […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,CMS Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

CMS Rebuilding Public Trust One Closed Meeting At A Time

In the breathless hype and hyperbole leading up to his arrival as new Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent, Heath “Pete Repeat” Morrison promised to regain public trust through honest and open communication. So naturally, one of his first so-called community meetings was held behind closed doors with ranking members of the local NAACP and the Black Political […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,CMS Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

Meck Commish Babysitting CMS

Like a wayward kid who can’t be trusted with his allowance for fear it will all be blown on candy and trinkets, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education needs an adult to ensure it makes the right budget decisions, specifically honoring a commitment to provide pay raises for teachers and school employees. Enter the Mecklenburg Board […]

June 7, 2012 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,CMS Beat,County Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

Super Gobbledygook and Bureaucratic Babble

Incoming CMS Superintendent Heath “Pete Repeat” Morrison says his first priority is to reach out and engage the public; so naturally, Morrison rolled out his vaunted 100-Days Entry Plan last week with a Friday afternoon document dump when most people had already checked out for the Memorial Day weekend. This guy should fit right in […]

May 29, 2012 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,CMS Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

CMS Passes The Buck And The Blame

This week’s public hearing for the county manager’s recommended budget unfolded as predicted, with scores of teachers and education advocates packing the government center to pressure commissioners into providing additional funding to cover proposed pay raises for teachers. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers, who have seen their salaries frozen since 2008, had the right message but the […]

May 25, 2012 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,CMS Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

Harry Jones Places A Bad Bet

Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones might want to steer clear of Las Vegas, where people who make wild wagers are gobbled up faster than a cheap buffet. As part of the $1.4 billion county budget recommendation Jones rolled out this week, he included a $9.1 million funding increase for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. A hefty chunk of […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,CMS Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

A Heath Bar Of Gold

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board on Tuesday night unanimously approved a four-year contract for superintendent-in-waiting Heath Morrison, who will rake in a total compensation package of more than $300,000 a year. In turn, Morrison blew into town for some grip-and-grins at a few schools (Byers Elementary, Robinson Middle and Providence High) and promised to begin rebuilding […]

April 25, 2012 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,CMS Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

CMS Taps Guy From Reno For Superintendent

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has selected Heath Morrison of Reno, Nevada, to be its new superintendent, officials announced today. The decision came on the heels of news earlier in the morning that one of the three other finalists for the job – Memphis Superintendent Kriner Cash – had abruptly withdrawn from the running. Contract negotiations with Morrison […]

April 19, 2012 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,CMS Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

Tripping Out

News about the school board pondering trips to Reno, Nev., and Memphis, Tenn., to check out the hometown digs of two superintendent candidate finalists got me thinking about the mother of all GovCo junkets that has seemingly, pardon the pun, flown under the radar of late: It’s nearly time for city councilmembers, county commissioners and […]

April 13, 2012 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,CMS Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

CMS PR Ahead Of Budget Curve

If there was ever any question about whether the school board would pass the district’s proposed $1.2 billion-plus budget buster tonight, question no more. CMS’ platinum-plated PR department has sent word from on high that it’s already a done deal. This from a media release distributed yesterday: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education meeting (Government Center, Meeting […]

April 10, 2012 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,CMS Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

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