Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Davis: "An opportunity to build upon our current success"

Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board Chair Eric Davis said the search for a new superintendent to succeed Peter Gorman will be "an opportunity to build upon our current success towards a better future."

In a message to CMS employees, Davis said the school board will meet June 15 to start the process for naming an interim leader and to discuss how they'll find a new superintendent. Read the full message below.

"We will find an interim superintendent and then begin the search for our next superintendent. I am proud of the progress our students have made because of your efforts the past five years," Davis wrote. "I also believe that we have much more to do. I am confident that all of us – teachers, support staff, executive staff, other district employees and Board members – will continue to work toward our shared vision of academic achievement for all CMS students."

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From: cmscommunications
Date: June 8, 2011 5:32:13 PM EDT
To: cmsmailall
Subject: A message from Eric Davis


Dear CMS teammates,

Superintendent Peter C. Gorman announced his resignation during a Board meeting earlier today. In addition to the change in our district because of the financial downturn, we now face a change of leadership with Dr. Gorman’s departure. I see this as an opportunity to build upon our current success towards a better future.

We will find an interim superintendent and then begin the search for our next superintendent. I am proud of the progress our students have made because of your efforts the past five years. I also believe that we have much more to do. I am confident that all of us – teachers, support staff, executive staff, other district employees and Board members – will continue to work toward our shared vision of academic achievement for all CMS students.

I know that we will succeed, despite the change in leadership, because our school district has so many tremendous assets that are enduring. We have teachers who are dedicated and hardworking. We have principals who are strong, high-performing leaders. We have parents who are committed to CMS and passionate about their children’s education. We have an executive staff with great expertise and knowledge. These are the assets that will help us meet whatever challenges lie ahead.

Like any public school district, CMS is a collective effort. CMS succeeds because of its broad, diverse base of participants and support – students, parents, teachers, principals, leaders and the community. The Board of Education will tap into that commitment to help us find the right leader to succeed Dr. Gorman. The Board leadership is committed to thoughtful, informed and inclusive community discussion about our schools, to include our CMS staff, and we will take the time needed to be sure those conversations take place.

All of us on the Board remain committed to the CMS mission to maximize achievement for every student in every school. We have great faith in you, the employees of the district and we admire the steadfast service you have given our students, particularly during the recent hard times. We know that our teachers are the reason for our academic success and we commit to engage and collaborate with you as we chart our future. We know that our principals are the frontline leaders, the backbone of our district and the force that holds our schools together. We know that our executive staff will provide steady, reassuring leadership during this time of transition.

The Board of Education will meet June 15 to begin the process of choosing an interim superintendent and to shape how we will select the next superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.


Eric C. Davis
Chairperson, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad to know we are on your team Eric. Ram PfP down our throats, cow-tow to your superintendent even when he clearly is dishonest and then call him a hero. Please give me and the rest of the team a break.

Anonymous said...

Eric? YOUR teachers are ONLY hardworking and dedicated? Try again without being so condescending. WE have DELIVERED those improved scores and higher grad rates under threats, duress and terrible "Team Morale". We are your Heros. BUT more importantly the STUDENTS are MY HEROS for suffering as your guinea pigs. When are you leaving?

Anonymous said...

Dear Eric,

Who will pull your strings now that Pete is gone? Think he can get you a job too?

Anonymous said...

I voted for Eric Davis and I deeply, deeply regret my decision. He's done nothing to challenge Gorman and the constant requests for more money, programs, administrative staff, waste, etc. He might as well have been Gorman's PR guy.

Anonymous said...

Gorman was right about the school closings and nauseated dealing with the NAAACP idiots.
What a fool believes he sees ...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all you are doing, Eric. The teacher's union will always want to avoid any attempt to measure their performance and be more worried about keeping things the way they've always been...just with more money. We have to be more efficient. We have to get rid of lousy teachers. We have to stop the teacher's lobby efforts to perpetuate their own employment regardless of success. Change causes tension. Gorman has been awesome. Eric, the average citizen (and voter) is very proud of you and Pete...keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

Eric, please find somebody who can get the thugs out of the school so the teachers can teach. We also need somebody who is diligent in tracking the free lunch cheats and those who cross school zones and don't follow the rules. Push disruptive students out of the system into a vocational trade program or out the door. The folks who don't want to learn need to be assisted in favor of those who do want to learn. And, teachers should not have to spend all their time trying to keep order.

Anonymous said...

I voted for Eric Davis and I've very proud of my vote. Keep up the great work, Eric!

Anonymous said...

MORE-ON.

Anonymous said...

I voted for Eric and DEEPLY regret my vote. Eric Davis was part of the board who destroyed the only thing positive about the CMS school system. VOTE HIM OUT FIRST CHANCE WE GET!!! VOTE ERIC DAVIS OUT!!!

Anonymous said...

Don't be too hard on Eric...he is still under the Pete Koolaid influence....re-election will loom soon and his whole attitude will change. Voters beware...Teachers are working dedicated to the kids...who is Eric and his boys (sorry And Rhonda) dedicated to...w that Pete is leaving?

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