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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Charlotte, North Carolina
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Heath E. Morrison
Enrollment:143,866 students
Graduation rate:81.0%
Number of schools:159
Budget: 1.202 billion
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Mary T. McCray
Board members:9
Term length:4
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is a school district in North Carolina. It is the second largest school district in North Carolina, serving 143,866 students in 159 schools.[1]

About the district

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is located in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is located in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the district for Mecklenburg County. Mecklenburg County is home to 969,031 residents. [2]


The county outperforms with the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (88.6%) is higher than the state of North Carolina (84.1%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is higher in Mecklenburg County (40.4%) compared to the state overall (26.5%). The median household income in Mecklenburg County is $55,994 compared to North Carolina's statewide median of $46,291.[2]


Dr. Heath E. Morrison was named superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 2012. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary, and holds a doctorate in educational policy and planning and a master of educational administration from the University of Maryland. Morrison worked as a teacher and principal before becoming community superintendent for the Down County Consortium in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. Following his work in Maryland, Morrison moved to Nevada to become the superintendent of Washoe County School District in Reno where he was named superintendent of the year in 2011 by the Nevada Association of School Superintendents and the Nevada Association of School Boards. In 2012, he was named national superintendent of the year by the American Association of School Administrators.[4]

School board

The CMS Board of Education consists of nine members that serve four year terms. Three members are elected at-large while the remaining six represent different regions in the district. Board members are compensated $1,019.79 per month and the Chairperson is compensated $1,325.74 per month. [5]

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Member District Term Ends
Mary T. McCray At-large 2015
Timothy S. Morgan At-large 2015
Ericka Ellis-Stewart At-large 2015
Rhonda Lennon District 1 2017
Thelma Byers-Bailey District 2 2017
Joyce Waddell District 3 2017
Tom Tate District 4 2017
Eric Davis District 5 2017
Paul Bailey District 6 2017

School board elections

See also: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board of education are elected to four-year terms. Each election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. Three are up for election in November 2015 and six are up for election in November 2017.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[6]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $852,986,712 72.9% $18,758,665 1.6% $216,846,713 18.5% $582,736 0% $80,223,800 6.9% $1,169,398,626
2012-2013 $873,792,240 72.7% $20,346,135 1.7% $225,144,002 18.7% $582,736 0% $82,673,557 6.9% $1,202,538,670
Averages: $863,389,476 73% $19,552,400 2% $220,995,357.5 19% $582,736 0% $81,448,678.5 7% $1,185,968,648

Teacher salaries

The following table outlines salaries at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.[7]

Grade Level Average 10th percentile 25th percentile Median 75th percentile 90th percentile
Pre-school $22,783 $16,547 $18,178 $20,825 $25,288 $32,269
Kindergarten $41,518 $30,392 $33,685 $38,765 $49,380 $58,683
Elementary $43,529 $31,813 $36,056 $41,989 $50,582 $58,931
Middle school $43,510 $32,448 $36,403 $41,921 $49,814 $58,419
High school $45,344 $33,001 $37,743 $44,458 $52,075 $60,363

The Charlotte Observer has a salary database for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools here.

Schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools serves 143,866 students in 159 schools.

Total enrollment[8]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2006-2007 132,279
2007-2008 132,281 +.00001
2008-2009 137,180 +.0365
2009-2010 136,889 -.0021
2010-2011 138,807 +.0138
2011-2012 140,746 +.0137
2012-2013 143,866 +.0216

District schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools operates 159 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Academic performance

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has higher SAT averages than North Carolina overall. In 2012, the district average for 1600 and 2400 SAT raw scores were 1002 and 1482 respectively while the state averages were 997 and 1469.[10] With a district average of 18.3, the mean ACT score was consistent with the state average score of 18.2.[11]

Adequate Yearly Progress

Academic performance for the district is available via Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. These reports are measurements defined by the United States federal No Child Left Behind Act that allow the U.S. Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests. Five out of 50 schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district met the AYP in North Carolina from 2010-2011.[12]


School bond

In September 2013, the school board approved a plan to end the lease on the Amay James prekindergarten center in 2015 by Brookstone School, a private Christian school. The district wants to use the space for nearby Reid Park Academy, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg preK-8 school. This is part of a plan set forth in 2010 to close a dozen district schools to address severe budget cuts. Now the district is launching a campaign for approval of $290 million in school bonds in November. The bond would go towards reopening two of the closed schools and building a new preK-8 school in west Charlotte to relieve the overcrowding in current schools. The bond would also go towards building up current elementary schools to fit preK and middle school students. [13]

Contact information

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East Fourth Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 980-343-5139 or 980-343-5163

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

Last rated on June 18, 2012.

The good

  • Tax revenues are available and tax rates are published[14]
  • The current budget is published and previous budgets are available for the last three years[15]
  • The calendar of Board meetings, meeting agendas, and minutes are available and archived at least three years[16]
  • Names of Board officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[17]
  • Some names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[18]
  • Bids are posted, including approved contracts over $10,000[19]
  • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years[20]
  • A public records contact is available and public records policies are available in a central location[21]
  • Background check policy is available.[22]
  • Academic reports are available for standard testing and graduation rates are posted[23]

The bad

  • Contact information is incomplete for many departments, including missing phone numbers, email addresses, address, or department director identification.

See also

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