New CMS Superintendent To Make “Equity” a Main Focus

CHARLOTTE, NC -The new superintendent of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools was sworn in on Tuesday night. Earnest Winston ill be the 5th superintendent in a little more than 8 years.

“I want everyone to have a renewed sense of urgency around this work that we do every day. and that is really about educating all kids well,” said Winston.

The former journalist has 15 years of experience in CMS. He previously worked as the district’s ombudsman, a liaison between the administration and families, before being named the superintendent.

“We have to have the lens of equity in every decision that we make in this school district,” said Winston speaking about his vision.

Winston gave few details about his plans to tackle several major issues facing the school system. Including, the strife between the district and four suburban communities that are mulling breaking away from CMS.

“I want to make sure that all families feel welcome in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. This is their school district,” said Winston.

Dr. Clayton Wilcox, who resigned last month, previously pulled capital improvement funds from Mint Hill, Matthews, Huntersville, and Cornelius, unless they put off building a charter school for the next 15 years. Winston says he plans to build relationships with the board members and other elected leaders in those towns.

“I intend to have a strong effective relationship with our board,” said Winston.

On school safety, Winston says he plans to continue the security sweeps instituted by his predecessor and will make changes if needed.

“If there are gaps that exist that we identify, then we’ll put measures in place to make sure that we are educating all children in the safest environment possible,” said Winston.