The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education voted Feb. 23 to provide a four-year contract to Superintendent Earnest Winston, who is in his second year as the district superintendent. The modified contract, which takes effect on July 1, 2021, extends Winston's term to 2025 and increases his pay to $288,400 from $280,000. It also increases his local paid leave days and adds a 24-month severance pay provision in the event the Board unilaterally terminates the contract.
"Superintendent Winston has provided strong and steady leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and its many consequences," said Elyse Dashew, chairperson of the Board of Education. "He is keeping the district on course through one of the most difficult periods in recent memory. We appreciate the service he provides to our students, our staff and our families. The modifications to his contract reflect our belief that he is an outstanding leader."
Winston was named superintendent in August of 2019. Winston has been with the district for almost two decades, starting as a teacher at then-Vance High (now Julius L. Chambers High) before moving to communications, the chief operating officer's staff, chief of staff and finally, ombudsman for the district.
"It has been my honor to lead Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for the past 18 months," Winston said. "We have a very talented group of leaders and they have done exemplary work. All of our employees are committed to meeting the needs of students, staff and families – needs that have changed and expanded during the pandemic."