What they’re saying about CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison’s resignation

“He was such a fierce advocate for our teachers and our students. He was so involved at different levels of government, advocating all the time and really trying to be involved in policy. He was especially great at helping those who may really not be actively involved in schools but who are actively making decisions to understand the consequences of their decisions or proposed ideas.”

N.C. Rep. Tricia Cotham,

a Mecklenburg Democrat

“The first I heard of it was today. It’s a big loss to the community – but, as always, we will persevere.”

Dena Diorio,

Mecklenburg County manager

“As always in our community, we will soldier on and we will adjust and keep moving forward. The timing was surprising, but family matters don’t have a timetable. If he’s got to act, he’s got to act.”

Trevor Fuller,

Mecklenburg County

commissioners chairman

“It’s definitely disheartening. I think we felt very invested in Dr. Morrison as a leader. … He’s been super committed and very involved. That’s part of the disadvantage of education: It’s 110 percent or you feel like you’re not doing your job right.”

Joanna Schimizzi,

biology teacher

at Independence High

So, why would a guy quit a job paying $288,000 a year plus benefits? And quit a visible political job the day before an election.”

Bill James,

Mecklenburg County


“This has been the most difficult professional decision of my career. It has been with deep reflection and prayer that I have decided this is what I must do.”

Heath Morrison

CMS superintendent,

in a farewell letter