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School board to discuss graduation success, employee morale Tuesday

Graduation rates top board’s Tuesday agenda

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  • CMS: Get involved

    • Tuesday’s meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the chamber of the Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St. Find the agenda and details at www.cms.k12.nc.us/boe/Pages/SchoolBoardMeetings.aspx. To speak, call 980-343-5139 by noon Tuesday or fill out a form before the meeting.

    • Superintendent Heath Morrison will hold a town hall meeting for CMS employees at 6 p.m. Wednesday at South Mecklenburg High, 8900 Park Road, and one for the general public at 6 p.m. Thursday at Myers Park High, 2400 Colony Road.



How successful were last year’s efforts to boost graduation rates in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools?

What do CMS employees say about morale?

What does the district need to improve in communications and human resources?

Answers will be presented at Tuesday’s school board meeting. Before taking a break for Thanksgiving, the board will air several issues likely to be of public interest.

Getting more teens to graduate has been a push for several years. Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark will brief the board on last year’s efforts, including a review of each school’s 2012 graduation rate. She’ll also talk about strategies for the current year.

Superintendent Heath Morrison, who started July 1, will present results of several studies he commissioned as he prepares his strategic plan for CMS. Those include an employee morale survey and outside reviews of the communications and HR departments, as well as the administration’s overall efficiency.

Morrison expects to present his plan to the public on Nov. 26. The studies presented Tuesday are likely to inform some of his plans for change.

The meeting also features a public hearing on a proposed policy to clarify the rules for school visits and the process for dealing with people who violate those rules. The policy calls for the superintendent to develop procedures for banning offenders from school property.

And the board will vote on a 2013 legislative lobbying agenda.

The list calls for the board to seek reforms in teacher pay and tenure, more flexibility in budgeting and setting school calendars, and taxing authority for local school boards, which now rely on county, state and federal governments for their budget.

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