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 Board of Education Members

Mary T. McCray
Chairperson
At-Large
Rhonda Lennon
Vice-Chairperson
District 1
Elyse C. Dashew
Member At-Large
Ericka Ellis-Stewart
Member At-Large
Thelma Byers-Bailey
Member District 2
Ruby  M. Jones
Member District 3
Carol Sawyer
Member District 4
Margaret Marshall
Member District 5
Sean Strain
Member District 6
Tiana Justice

Responsibilities of the Board of Education

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

  • Employ the 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

Terms

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 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. 

2018 Board of Education Meeting Schedule 

January 9 and 23, February 13 and 27, March 13 and 27, April 10 and 24, May 8 and 22, June 5 and 26.

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.