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House leaving CMS to head New Leaders

Millard House, hired as chief operating officer of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools a year ago, announced Monday he’s leaving the district to head the Charlotte office of New Leaders, a national nonprofit that recruits and trains urban principals.

House was named last week as one of three finalists for superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools. Monday morning, that district announced it had hired Lewis Ferebee, chief of staff in Durham Public Schools.

House said he was a finalist for two superintendent jobs, one of which was private and he would not name. He said over the weekend he withdrew from both and accepted the post of executive director of New Leaders in Charlotte.

“My family loves the city,” House said. “I’m excited to be part of the community moving forward.”

The New Leaders post came open when founding director Eric Guckian was tapped as Gov. Pat McCrory’s senior education adviser.

House says the fact that he started job-hunting before his first year with CMS was up does not signal a problem with the district or with Superintendent Heath Morrison, who tapped House as one of his first top hires last summer.

“There were no issues. I have the utmost respect for Heath,” House said Monday. “He’s been very supportive.”

In his new job, House will work in partnership with CMS to find and support administrators for struggling high-poverty schools.

House will leave the CMS post in mid-July. Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark will take over the duties on an interim basis while the district launches a search.

The chief operating officer oversees all the non-academic functions of CMS, including construction, transportation and business. CMS is gearing up for a bond campaign this fall, the first in six years.

Helms: 704-358-5033; Twitter @anndosshelms
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