Acting Superintendent Speaking Out Hours After Dr. Wilcox Suspension

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Hours after CMS announced Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox’s suspension, acting superintendent, Earnest Winston, addressed parents at a meeting. It was to discuss the future of West Charlotte High School.

“I want to ensure that we do not miss a beat. I want parents to know that our focus will remain on making sure that we do right by kids,” says Winston.

Sources tell WCCB Dr. Wilcox’s suspension is partially related to ending fingerprinting of new employees. A CMS spokesperson says 2,500 new employees were not fingerprinted over the past year. The district has gone back and fingerprinted about half of the employees.

“I can confirm that the practice that we deployed was not in compliance with the law,” says CMS spokesperson Tracy Russ.

The district says this is a personnel matter, and won’t give any specifics.

“We know that this news can cause concern. That is why I want to reassure our students, their families, our staff members and the community that our work together for our students is continuing uninterrupted,” says At-Large School Board Member Mary McCray.

CMS teacher Melissa Easley wants to know what happened.

“Until other information has come forward, I will stand and support Dr. Wilcox because I believe in what he’s been doing,” says Easley.

Update:

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education has released an open letter to the public regarding the suspension of CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox.

Read below:

CMS students, families, staff and community members,

Governance and stewardship of CMS executive leadership is a key function of the Board of Education and a responsibility entrusted to us by the public on behalf of over 147,000 students, their families, and 19,000 employees across 175 schools and facilities.

Guided by those responsibilities, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education announced the suspension of Superintendent Clayton Wilcox today, July 15, 2019. Under existing CMS policies, Dr. Wilcox will continue to receive his salary while suspended. During this time, CMS Chief Engagement Officer and Ombudsman Earnest Winston will serve as Acting Superintendent for our school district. Because this is a personnel matter, the Board cannot provide further details at this time.

A school district is a community of people who are all dedicated to one thing above all – educating and supporting our students to prepare them for the futures they can achieve and deserve.

Our work together for our students will continue uninterrupted, and together, we will succeed.

Students, we are preparing every day for the start of the 2019-2020 school year and a strong year of teaching and learning in safe, healthy and supportive schools. We are focused on your well-being in every way possible. We will keep moving forward to help each of you succeed to your highest potential and to achieve your dreams.

Families, our shared goal across the district is to maintain close focus on giving your students every opportunity available and to work tirelessly to support them.

CMS colleagues and staff, we pledge our continuing support as leaders to our shared efforts. We each have an important part to play in making sure we do our absolute best for our students no matter our job title, role or position.

In the days and weeks ahead, we will move forward together in trust and we will keep our focus on what matters most – each and every CMS student.

Sincerely,

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education

Original Story:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — WCCB has just learned that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Superintendent Clayton Wilcox has been suspended by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education.  CMS released the following statement:

“CMS can confirm that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education has suspended Superintendent Clayton Wilcox. The suspension goes into effect today and Dr. Wilcox will continue to receive his salary while suspended. During this time, Earnest Winston will serve as Acting Superintendent. CMS remains focused on the priorities that matter most – our students, teaching and learning in every school as we look forward to the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Because this is a personnel matter, we cannot provide further details at this time.”