CMS School Board Officially Appoints Earnest Winston As 5th Superintendent In 8 Years


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education has just unanimously voted to appoint Earnest Winston as Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Winston is a former journalist who became a CMS teacher in 2004, then was promoted to chief of staff in 2012, and the district’s ombudsman in 2017.

“I am humbled and grateful to the Board and the community for the trust placed in me. It is my honor and privilege to serve our community’s students, families, CMS employees and partners,” Winston said. “The district team is preparing to welcome students back for a smooth opening of schools on Aug. 26. We are moving forward together on our commitment to equity through our 2024 strategic plan. Our shared focus is on what matters most – great teaching and learning for every student in every school.”

Here is a short interview with Winston that CMS made public;

The 44-year-old will be paid a base salary of $280,000 and an extra $900 a month instead of a car allowance. Wilcox was being paid $307,000 per year before he was suspended and removed.

Winston is now CMS’s 5th superintendent in the past 8 years.

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