CMS names Morrison new superintendent
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday, April 24, to name Heath Morrison the new superintendent, offering Morrison a $288,000 base salary – with a performance bonus of up to 10 percent – and benefits.
Morrison currently serves as the superintendent of the Washoe County School District in Nevada, with nearly 65,000 students, a post he’s had since 2009. Under his leadership, the district graduation rate increased from 56 to 70 percent, with gains for all schools and all groups of students. He also has worked to narrow the achievement gap through rising test scores and higher student enrollment in more rigorous courses, according to CMS.
He was named superintendent of the year in 2011 by the Nevada Association of School Superintendents and the Nevada Association of School Boards. Morrison also has experience in administration and in the classroom.
In a letter to the CMS community, Morrison expressed his excitement for the new position and four-year term, which begins July 1.
“I believe that our successes in Nevada will help me guide CMS to new levels of achievement for every student,” the letter said. Morrison’s first task will be listening to CMS staff, parents and students to better understand the district as a whole.
“I want to visit every school in CMS,” he said in the letter. And Morrison started that goal Tuesday by visiting several schools including Providence High School.
“Working together, I believe we can continue to improve our schools so that every student can be educated well, with the promise of a better tomorrow,” the letter said. “… It is both a starting point and a goal – and I will work for collaboration and public engagement to help us achieve that goal.”
Providence German program honored
The German program at Providence High School was recently selected as one of only a few PASCH programs worldwide, a designation straight from Berlin, Germany, for student success in the National German Exam and more.
The PASCH designation is coordinated by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany. The goal of the initiative, also known as “Schools: Partners for the Future,” is to build a network of exceptionally high-achieving partner schools worldwide who have a link to Germany and to awaken young people’s interest in, and enthusiasm for, German culture and language.
Providence High is one of three schools in the state to attain the designation. A ceremony for the achievement was held at the school April 19.
Jenny Hausler, a student at Providence, also was awarded an all-expenses-paid summer study trip to Germany for her score on the Level II 2012 National German Exam. Jenny is one of 44 German students from across the nation to receive the award, which includes round-trip air transportation to Germany from New York, a home-stay with a host family and excursions to places of cultural and historical significance.
Local teachers named 2012 Teaching Fellows
Several Matthews and Mint Hill teachers have been chosen to participate in the 2012 class of master teachers affiliated with the Teaching Fellows Institute at Charlotte.
The program is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to retain master teachers in teaching an education professions. The program honors, engages and inspires its participants through a weeklong summer institute. The program continues to engage the teachers with alumni development and events throughout their careers.
Only 22 public school and eight private school teachers were chosen this year.
The following Matthews and Mint Hill teachers are 2012 Teaching Fellows:
Lebanon Road Elementary, Heather Ladd, fourth and fifth grade math and science
Crestdale Middle, Andrew Cambruzzi, physical education
Butler High, Mary Farrell, physical education
Rocky River High, Jennifer Lamay, English and Carol Parrish, career and technical