CHARLOTTE, N.C.--The new Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison was sworn into office Monday afternoon. He officially assumed the duties of superintendent last week and has been visiting schools around the county.
The school visits are part of Dr. Morrison’s entry plan to get to know the new system and learn from the teachers and students what is and is not working. As the superintendent, some of the issues he will have to resolve will be the budget. Chairperson Ericka Ellis-Stewart says she is confident that Morrison will rise to the occasion, but that he should conserve some energy for the marathon task ahead.
"He has a tremendous amount of energy, I mean energy you would not believe so my encouragement to him is yes continue to get out in the community, continue to meet people and to listen,” Chairperson Ellis-Stewart said, “but I also want to make sure he is taking care of himself because this is a big job."
However, paying attention to personal needs requires time, which Morrison says there is not enough of. "You wish that there was 28 hours in the day and eight days in the week,” he said, “but we have 7 days and 24 hours so just how to best do that work is challenging but what a great opportunity," said Morrison.
He seems to have made good use of his time so far. After being sworn in, Morrison appointed four people to the positions of Deputy Superintendent, Chief of Staff, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Accountability Officer. The board unanimously approved the appointments. These officers will form Morrison’s executive team, which he says “are needed positions. To fill them with quality people and to do it with very little cost to the budget, I think it's an exciting day for CMS."
Chairperson Ellis-Stewart is also excited that Morrison has sworn in and hopes he will “really begin to learn what is working for public education in this community and what's not working and really take that and begin to form a basis of here are some things that we need to do to become more effective."