CMS Moving Forward with Plans for New Office of Compliance & Transparency

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board is moving forward with plans to open an Office of Compliance and Transparency.

It comes after former Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox resigned, sources say, in part due to compliance issues.

“After requests by some board members, staff searched other school districts across the country, to come up with best practices in the crafting of this policy language,” school board member Ruby M. Jones said Monday night, during a first reading.

The office would monitor compliance with state and federal laws, investigate serious allegations of misconduct against the Superintendent, and provide quarterly reports to the board.

Board members would also hire a Chief Compliance and Transparency Officer.

CMS parent Stacy Staggs spoke out in favor of the new office during a public hearing on Tuesday night.

“Having an office in place will help with the consistent application of policies and it will do away with concerns about special treatment or things not being done in the way that they should be,” Staggs says.

She is concerned about compliance issues for students with special needs, like her daughter who has a medical condition.

“Checks and balances would be needed in any level of government, including, of course, local. And it just makes sense to have it in such an important venue as public education,” she says.

There’s no word on when the new office might open or how much it might cost.