Board of Education

Board of Education News:

An appointment to the Library Board of Trustees was approved during the November 10, 2015 meeting of the Board of Education.  Dr. Leland Park was reappointed to the board and will serve a four year term, January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2019.


 Board of Education Members

Mary T. McCray
Timothy S. Morgan
Ericka Ellis-Stewart
Member At-Large
Rhonda Lennon
Member District 1
Thelma Byers-Bailey, Esq.
Member District 2
Ruby  M. Jones
Member District 3
Tom Tate
Member District 4
Eric C. Davis
Member District 5
Paul Bailey
Member District 6

Responsibilities of the Board of Education

The nine-member Board of Education is the governing body of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, with five primary responsibilities:

  • Hire/terminate superintendent 
  • Establish policy 
  • Determine annual operating and capital budgets
  • Approve student-assignment boundaries
  • Oversee the management of the school district’s major systems, including budget and finance, curriculum and instruction, personnel and auxiliary services


The CMS Board of Education includes six district representatives and three at-large representatives. District and at-large representatives are elected every two years on a rotating schedule. All members serve four-year terms. For more information, visit the Board of Elections Board of Elections website.

 Meeting Schedule

The Board of Education holds regular monthly meetings, open to the public, on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.  Meetings are held at the Government Center, 600 East Fourth Street, Charlotte, NC  28202, unless indicated otherwise on the meeting schedule.   The Board may conduct an annual retreat session to establish priorities and plan its work for the upcoming year. 

2015 Board of Education Meeting Schedule:  January 13, January 27, February 10, February 24, March 10, March 24, April 14, April 28, May 12, May 26, June 9, June 23, July 28, August 11, August 25, September 8, September 22, October 13, October 27, November 10 and December 8.

Professional Development
New Board of Education members participate in a CMS orientation program. 

All Board members participate in various North Carolina School Board Association training and conferences.  In addition, they may choose to attend training and educational conferences offered by Broad Foundation, National School Board Association, Council of the Great City Schools and other organizations.