West End residents share what they want in the next CMS superintendent

Connectivity, compassion and community ties were some qualities people want to see in the next superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. 

The Westside Forum hosted a town hall Thursday night to get community input on CMS’ search for its seventh superintendent since 2012.

Currently, Crystal Hill serves as interim superintendent through June 30. She succeeded Hugh Hattabaugh after he resigned from the permanent position in December due to “family reasons.”

CMS officially began its search for a new superintendent last month. According to Percy Mack of consulting firm BWP & Associates, candidates from as far as California have shown interest in the role. Mack said if the next candidate does not remain in the role for more than a year, BWP will renew its search contract at no cost to the school district. 

Mack led the discussion at Thursday night’s town hall by asking attendees to share the district’s strengths, weaknesses, and traits they feel are important in the next superintendent. 

When Mack asked attendees to share the strengths of CMS, a few chuckles sounded from the audience.

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