Focus groups will address compensation design
The Compensation Task Force, one of 22 task forces commissioned in November by Dr. Heath E. Morrison to make recommendations on the district’s eight strategic goals, will solicit public input and feedback on a compensation proposal for teachers and other licensed CMS employees at two open meetings this month. 

The first meeting will be Jan. 24 at East Mecklenburg High (6800 Monroe Road, Charlotte 28212); the second will be Jan. 31 at River Gate Elementary (15340 Smith Road Charlotte 28273). Both will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.  The meetings are intended to answer questions and collect public comments on the compensation proposal.

“We have brought together teachers, including representatives of the teacher associations, to design a proposal. These focus groups are an opportunity for all of our employees and the public to weigh in on achievement-based compensation plans,” Dr. Morrison said. “This is a great opportunity for us to influence state policies on a very important topic. It’s highly likely that some changes will be made at the state level and we want to see these changes done in collaboration with our teachers and district. I encourage everyone to attend one of the focus groups and engage in this work.”

The compensation proposal is being designed in response to the state of North Carolina’s request that districts submit compensation proposals by March 1. The design work is being done by CMS teachers and other CMS employees working with Battelle for Kids, a national nonprofit organization offering school-improvement services to educators. Battelle is also a strategic partner with Race to the Top.  The proposal will be reviewed by the Compensation Task Force Advisory Council and CMS executive staff, then shared with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education at the second meeting in February.

The proposal will be modified as needed and then sent to the State Board of Education on or before March 1.