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CMS attorney George Battle III gets $17K raise, 2-year extension

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools general counsel George Battle.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools general counsel George Battle. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

George Battle III, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools attorney whose investigation led to the superintendent’s ouster a year ago, got a 10 percent raise and a two-year contract extension from the school board Tuesday.

Battle has been the district’s general counsel since 2010. That’s the only position besides superintendent that reports directly to the school board.

On Tuesday the board approved a contract revision that extends his term to run through 2020 and raises his salary from $173,000 to $190,000. Board Chairperson Mary McCray said the move was a regular update of Battle’s contract and salary.

It comes at a time when many teachers are angry about the lack of raises from the state. Those with more than four years’ experience got a $750 bonus in lieu of raises, like other state employees, while the least experienced teachers got salary bumps.

Battle, who represented Carolinas Healthcare System before coming to CMS, has been a high-profile official. He ran for Congress in 2014, losing to Alma Adams in the Democratic primary.

Last fall he launched an investigation into Superintendent Heath Morrison, providing a secret report to the board (which was later leaked) saying that Morrison had bullied staff, misled the board about costs of a new school and violated several standards of conduct. Battle recommended dismissal, and Morrison resigned when board leaders confronted him with the report.

Also Tuesday, the board appointed Brittany Slagle as principal of Merry Oaks International Academy, an elementary school in east Charlotte. Slagle had been assistant principal at Winterfield Elementary.

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

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