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CMS board re-elects McCray as chair, Dashew as vice chair in drama-free vote

Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board Chair Mary McCray was re-elected without opposition Tuesday.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board Chair Mary McCray was re-elected without opposition Tuesday. Observer file photo

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board re-elected Mary McCray as chair and Elyse Dashew as vice chair Tuesday, ensuring that board will have stable leadership as it prepares for a transition in superintendents.

Both were re-elected without opposition or discussion, though two members abstained from voting on the vice chair and one for the chair. The vote came less than three hours after McCray and Dashew announced that the board had “come to consensus” on hiring Clayton Wilcox, superintendent of Washington County Public Schools in Maryland, to take the top CMS job next year.

The no-drama leadership vote stands in contrast to last week’s meeting of the Mecklenburg County commissioners, where a split vote to replace Chair Trevor Fuller with fellow Democrat Ella Scarborough led Fuller to accuse some of his colleagues of treachery.

McCray, a retired teacher and former president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Association of Educators, has been an at-large member of the CMS board since 2011 and chaired the board since 2013. Dashew, a CMS parent who was elected at large, became vice chair last December, just after being sworn in for her first board term.

Ann Doss Helms: 704-358-5033, @anndosshelms

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