The new superintendent for Charlotte-Mecklenburg School starts on July 1, but on Friday, Heath Morrison unveiled his plan for the district.
He said the plan could bring change throughout the district, but some people are still skeptical.
Morrison is quick to point out it’s just an entry plan; a way for him to find out what CMS has and needs. He knows it will include building trust with parents and teachers, but some parents said they will believe it when they see it.
In front of the school board and district employees, Morrison said his entry plan will focus on connecting with parents who feel out-of-touch with the district.
Kathey Dailey said that describes her.
“I feel stuck,” she said, because she has two children in west-side schools that she feels do not get the same attention as other parts of the district.
Morrison said he will make it a point to seek out inequalities and the underrepresented.
“I’m waiting to see that. I really want to see that. That’s something I’m interested in seeing,” Dailey said.
Morrison said his approach will be simple and promised to talk with parents outside of the school setting as well.
“Then there’s a lot of parents we’re going to be leaving out of the equation, so going into the community, having meetings exactly where we can find our parents; I think that’s part of it,” Morrison said.
His focus will also be on the CMS central office.
There are three major roles to fill already, and he said he will make sure the right people are in the right seats.
“I think there’s going to be changes throughout the organization, but what I want to make sure is that we have a clear understanding of what we’re doing and how we’re structured,” Morrison said.
Morrison said Friday he and his family are contracted to buy a home in south Charlotte. He said that is where his children will go to school.