Two top administrators in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are retiring, as Superintendent Heath Morrison continues reorganizing and shaping his new leadership team.
Mike Raible, a planner who helped shape school construction plans and played a lead role in the 2010 study that led to school closings, retired Friday. Jane Rhyne, who is in charge of special education, will leave Jan. 1, after 31 years with CMS.
Raible came to CMS in 1998 as an architect, eventually becoming lead planner for new schools and renovations. Before the recession, he helped district officials shape the project lists that were presented to voters during school bond referendum campaigns and launched a design competition to get ideas for new schools.
In the depths of the economic downturn, he led a study of school closings and consolidations, including public forums that drew large crowds and intense views.
“He was incredibly calm and thoughtful and respectful of people’s opinions,” said CMS board member Eric Davis, who chaired the board during that process.
Since 2008, Raible has been executive director of planning and project management, a post that puts him among the superintendent’s top 20 executives. Working with Peter Gorman, he helped the board craft a five-year strategic plan for CMS. His retirement comes as Morrison prepares to launch a revision of that plan.
“With the change in leadership it just seemed like a natural break,” Raible said Thursday.
Rhyne, the assistant superintendent for exceptional services, oversees education for students with disabilities. About 13,500 students qualify for aid, ranging from students who need a little extra help overcoming learning disabilities or speech impediments to those with profound mental and physical handicaps.
Rhyne, a former special-ed teacher, came to CMS in 1981 as an assistant principal at Metro School, which serves students with severe disabilities. She has been an assistant superintendent since 2001.
Rhyne has published several articles on teaching disabled students, testified before Congress and taught at Queens University and Appalachian State University.
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