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CMS board will hold special meeting on Morrison’s bonus

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board will call a special meeting later this month to vote on Superintendent Heath Morrison’s performance bonus, Chairman Mary McCray said Tuesday.

The state test results released last week provided crucial data for his evaluation, but McCray said the board won’t be ready to vote Tuesday, which is the only meeting scheduled for November.

Morrison currently makes $288,000 a year and is eligible for a performance bonus up to 10 percent of that. His contract calls for the board to vote on the bonus by Oct. 31. However, it also says two-thirds of his “total potential opportunity” shall be based on achievement of CMS goals.

It is not clear how the 2013 test results, which are normally a crucial gauge of student achievement, will play into Morrison’s evaluation and bonus. Proficiency rates plunged dramatically from 2012, but that was expected as North Carolina rolled out tougher new exams tied to national Common Core standards. Fewer than half of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students rated as proficient in reading and math, but CMS outperformed state averages in all subjects and grade levels.

Because there was no test-score data available until Thursday, the board left many of the district’s academic performance goals blank when they approved a strategic plan recently.

This will be the first CMS evaluation for Morrison, who was hired in 2012.

Helms: 704-358-5033; Twitter: @anndosshelms
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