Superintendent Heath Morrison continues his series of town hall meetings this week, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board is preparing to take its meetings on the road.
Morrison, who started July 1, continues his listening tour with a public forum at Ardrey Kell High, 10220 Ardrey Kell Road, at 6 p.m. Monday, and another at Hopewell High, 11530 Beatties Ford Road in Huntersville, at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Morrison will hold another session for CMS employees only at West Charlotte High, 2219 Senior Drive, at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The meetings, which will continue through mid-November, are designed to help Morrison craft a long-term plan for CMS. People can also weigh in on CMS priorities, leadership and responsiveness in an online survey (find the link at www.cms.k12.nc.us).
Later this month, the school board will start taking some of its meetings on the road, an idea that came out of a recent retreat. Facilitator Nancy Broner with the Center for Reform of School Systems suggested that the board could better connect with the whole community by getting out to new locations.
Individual members often hold and attend community meetings, but Broner suggested the board could get a broader view and understand different communities better if they met as a group outside the normal uptown Charlotte location.
From 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 30, the board will meet at Mallard Creek High in northeast Charlotte to work on its 2013 requests for state legislators.
The timing and location is designed to encourage members to stay for a forum with employees at 6 p.m. at the school, Morrison said.
Morrison said he expects the board to schedule more meetings around the county, including possible additional ones this month to work on issues that will lead up to his 100-day plan.