CHARLOTTE--The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education and executive staff were working this weekend.
CMS officials held their first retreat with new superintendent, Dr. Heath Morrison and school officials said the two-day retreat accomplished their goal of sitting down as one group to delve in to a list of concerns.
"We started to explore governance structures, communication protocols, how we serve our constituents when they have questions or issues," explained Morrison.
The retreat was not only the first for the recently hired superintendent, but also the first time the Board of Education and executive staff have sat together, which was something Chief Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark said speaks volumes.
"Staff used to sit at side tables, not at the table with the board so the symbolism of actually being at the table with the board I think was really significant and very different," said Clark.
Becoming one functional unit seemed to be the tone of the entire retreat. School Board Chair Ericka Ellis-Stewart said that's the best way to run the most efficient school system.
"I think everyone will now have a point of reference to see what do we need to do going forward as a team, where do we need to invest our infrastructure, where do we need to invest our time and our resources," said Ellis-Stewart.
While a survey taken by board members revealed they think they could be doing more to better the school system, Dr. Morrison said that means they are right on track.
"We have a large district. We serve many constituents, a lot of different households. We also serve in many, many different ways. Part of being a high functioning organization is always to say 'how do we get better?' and to commit to continuous improvement,” explained Morrison.
The two-day retreat was held at the CMS Leadership Academy on Neal Road.