The Charlotte Mecklenburg school board said Thursday it has picked Heath Morrison, currently superintendent in Reno, Nev., as the system’s new superintendent. In other local school news, the annual basketball battle between teachers from Davidson Elementary School and J.V. Washam Elementary School in Cornelius is scheduled Tuesday. Several local students have had their artwork on display at Spirit square in Charlotte. We also have news from North Mecklenburg High and St. Mark’s School.
MORRISON FOR SUPERINTENDENT
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education announced Thursday that it has offered the CMS superintendent’s job to Heath Morrison, currently superintendent of schools in Washoe County (Reno), Nev. Mr. Morrison was among three finalists. CMS said it is negotiating a contract with Mr. Morrison and the board expects to vote on his selection April 24.
Mr. Morrison began his career in Maryland, working in Charles and Montgomery counties as a teacher and administrator, before taking the Reno job in 2009. Other finalists for the job were CMS administrator Ann Clark and Memphis City Schools leader Kriner Cash.
“We had three very talented individuals in the list of finalists. All of them had unique strengths and areas of expertise,” school board chair Ericka Ellis-Stewart said in a statement. “But we believe that Dr. Morrison is the right leader for CMS now. He brings energy and experience to the many challenges facing our district, as well as a strong commitment to excellence and achievement.”
STUDENT ART AT SPIRIT SQUARE
Several students from J.V. Washam Elementary School in Cornelius have their artwork on display at Spirit Square in Charlotte. It’s part of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ STEAM exhibit. They are: Ethan Hixon, Allison Boyer, Sabrina Dyer, and Byers Faunce.
Teachers and staff at Davidson Elementary School will take on the teachers and staff at J.V. Washam Elementary School in the annual charity challenge basketball game Tuesday, April 24 at Davidson College’s Belk Arena. The event is a fund-raiser for the Ada Jenkins Center, a regional community services center in Davidson.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and the game starts at 6:30. Admission is free, and all donations will benefit the Ada Jenkins Center. Last year, the event raised $3,085. Davidson Elementary hopes to boost that number this year by holding a drawing for a basketball autographed by Stephen Curry. The school also will sell replica jerseys of the teachers’ and administrators’ game shirts for $10 during the week before the game. Concessions such as pizza, popcorn and snacks also will be available.
The halftime show is always a popular part of the event and this year promises more excitement. The Davidson Elementary Turning Tigers jump rope team, as well as J.V. Washam’s jump rope team, will perform, and Davidson Elementary teachers and staff will be their team’s cheerleaders.
The event will kick off with the national anthem, sung by both school’s choruses.
LEARN WORKS EXPANDS
Davidson’s Ada Jenkins Center will expand its Learn Works after-school program this fall when it adds 30 students in grades 1-5 from J.V. Washam Elementary School in Cornelius. Learn Works also plans a satellite program at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church to serve sixth graders. Meanwhile, with Learn Works taking over its space, the Boys & Girls Club is moving to St. Alban’s. See the full story, “Learn Works adds J.V. Washam; Boys & Girls Club finds a home.”
N. MECKLENBURG HIGH PLANT SALE
“Horticulture … let it grow on you” is the theme at the North Mecklenburg High School’s Horticulture Club’s Spring Plant Sale this Saturday, April 21, from 8-noon, rain or shine. The school is at 11201 Old Statesville Road in Huntersville. Horticulture teacher Stephanie Andersonhas had her students working hard for months to provide a wonderful variety of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets and mixed pots. All plants were grown and cared for by horticulture students and the proceeds go back to support North’s horticulture program for the 2012-2013. An early spring break for public school students has put this spring’s sale a little late but you will be well rewarded with a stop to purchase strong plant material on Saturday morning.
Follow the signs through the bus parking lot to the greenhouse. Students will be on hand to answer questions and help you fill the trunk of your car. You may notice that the prices have gone up a bit but Stephanie reminds us that no taxes will be charged. The price you see is the price you pay – a big change from the past. This is a good way to support the students at North. See you at the sale.
— Brenda Barger
ST. MARK’S EVENTS
Events at St. Mark’s School, 14750 Stumptown Road, Huntersville:
- St. Mark Catholic School will celebrate its many volunteers at a Mass and Volunteer Appreciation Brunch on Friday, April 27.
- The school will participate in the Living Rosary on Friday, May 4th. At this special event, the entire school gathers in the courtyard to pray the rosary, led by the 4th grade students in each prayer.
- The spring Book Fair will run May 2nd – 11th, including hours on Sunday, May 6th, to shop after Mass.
- May 14th is Kindergarten Beginners Day, when newly enrolled Kindergarten students and their parents may tour the school and classrooms to orient themselves in preparation for the 2012-2013 Kindergarten year.
For more information, contact St. Mark Catholic School at 704-766-5000, or visit the website at www.stmarkcatholicschool.net.
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