The next Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent must have proven experiences when it comes to improving student performance, especially in closing achievement and opportunity gaps.
This is according to the results from a CMS survey released to the public on Tuesday.
More than 1,700 people took the online survey, which asked respondents to select their top-five qualifications for a school superintendent.
In addition to having a track record of success, respondents also said they value a leader who can implement strategies to keep effective and diverse employees and understands educational issues and trends.
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“The superintendent needs to be able to make sound effective decisions without fear of what the Board or others think especially if it is for the improvement of student achievement and retention of staff,” said one unnamed respondent.
Said another: “Ensure that the new superintendent’s views align with the greater good and for growth. We need a leader who can listen and is empathetic yet strong. Put teachers and children first, test scores and money next.”
The chart below lists the survey respondents’ top-5 qualifications:
The survey’s purpose was to gather input on what the community wants in the next CMS Superintendent.
The eight-week community engagement initiative, that lasted from Sept. 26 to Dec. 13., included interviews, focus groups, a survey, and community listening sessions to learn what people want in the district’s next leader.
There were approximately 1,714 survey responses and over 200 people participated in the focus group, listening session or interviews.
“The goal was to gain as many perspectives as possible,” Christine Edwards, Founder of Civility Localized, said. “We value the lived experiences of each participant and hope this report illuminates the needs and priorities of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community in an authentic way.”
The board will begin conducting its official search with an expectation of hiring the superintendent by summer.
Question: How long have you lived in Charlotte- Mecklenburg?
Question: Select the 5 qualifications that you feel are the most important in the selection of a new Superintendent in the area of Engaged Communities: which includes involvement in the Charlotte- Mecklenburg region and sustainable use of community resources.
Question: This question asked participants to select their category of community member identity. Participants were allowed to select all categories that applied.
847 participants (62%) identify as Parent and/or Guardian of a CMS Student
414 participants (30%) identify as Interested and/or Invested Charlotte-Mecklenburg area Resident
391 participants (29%) identify as Current CMS Employee
181 participants (13%) identify as Interested and/or Invested CMS Stakeholder
174 participants (13%) identify as Former CMS Student
132 participants (10%) identify as Educational Support Non-profit Leader or Member or Business Owner
125 participants (9%) identify as Former CMS Employee
50 participants (4%) identify as Current CMS Employee
40 participants (3%) identify as Faith-Based Leader
22 participants (2%) identify as State or Local Government Leader
Some questions required open-ended responses. The full results can be viewed here.