Feeling a little out of the loop since school let out? Don’t feel guilty. A lot happened since the last day of class at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on June 4.
Here’s a quick review:
June 4: CMS named new principals: Bobby French (Pineville Elementary), Christy McCauley (Hawk Ridge Elementary) and Chuck Fortuna (Elon Park Elementary).
June 4: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education decided to make the K-8 school opening in 2020 at Rea Farms a partial magnet, with 70% of enrollment based on home school attendance boundary and 30% based on a school choice lottery.
June 8: Ardrey Kell and Independence held graduation ceremonies at Bojangles’ Coliseum. The top 25 seniors at Ardrey Kell had grade-point averages ranging from 4.5 to 4.67.
June 11: Graduating seniors at Rocky River, Butler and Myers Park turned their tassels and threw up their caps. The Butler ceremony capped an emotional year in which the school pulled together after a fatal shooting.
June 12: Providence High School held graduation at Bojangles’ Coliseum. The class earned 200 scholarships totaling $10.2 million.
June 13: Graduation was especially meaningful for South Mecklenburg High School Principal Maureen Furr, who retired after working 27 years for CMS.
June 17: Jeopardy featured Teagan O’Sullivan, a rising sophomore at Ardrey Kell High School, in the first round of its teen tournament. Teagan won with $25,201, advancing to the semi-finals.
June 17: Kimberly Tuttle, reining CMS Teacher of the Year, appeared on WFAE’s “Charlotte Talks.” She described the Levine Middle College High School in Matthews as the “best kept secret in CMS.”
June 18: Queens University of Charlotte alumni pledged more than $12,000 in donations to name a marketplace in the new dining center after Miss Betty, who has been working there for 57 years.
June 24: Arella Flur, of Charlotte Latin, and Sayo Oni, of Central Academy of Technology & Arts, took part in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Matthew Hinson, of the Northwest School of the Arts, was recognized for winning the 2019 Inspiring Teacher Award.
June 25: Ericka Ellis-Stewart announced she was not seeking a third term on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, guaranteeing the board will welcome at least two new members in December.
June 25: CMS appointed Glenn Starnes II to replace Maureen Furr as principal at South Mecklenburg High. Starnes worked as principal in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools.
June 28: Charlotte Media Group recognized Best Private School winners from its readers choice awards. Carmel Christian School won for Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly, Metrolina Christian Academy won for Union County Weekly and Charlotte Country Day School won for South Charlotte Weekly.
June 29: CMS rolled out a new website and campaign around the theme “We are CMS.”
July 1: CMS celebrated the 59th anniversary of the merger between Charlotte City Schools and Mecklenburg County Schools with a social media post of a birthday cupcake.
July 1: Daniel Lugo began his tenure as president of Queens University of Charlotte. He previously served as vice president of college advancement at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
July 4: Ardrey Kell High School’s Marine Corps JROTC marched in the Baxter Village Fourth of July parade.
July 8: Matthews Commissioner Kress Query had a prickly exchange with CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox over the security of mobile units at Elizabeth Lane Elementary during a town board meeting. Wilcox said Query’s safety ideas were redundant to what CMS was already doing.
July 15: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education suspended Superintendent Clayton Wilcox for undisclosed reasons and named Earnest Winston as acting superintendent.
July 15: The N.C. Association of School Resource Officers recognized Calvin Young as officer of the year for his work at Butler High School. The Matthews Police Department credited Young for his work during the Oct. 29 school shooting.
July 15: Representatives from Movement School presented plans during a Charlotte City Council rezoning hearing for a proposed charter school near the Eastland Mall site that could attract students from the Matthews and Mint Hill area.
July 15: Mecklenburg County opened registration for the second year of its free Meck Pre-K program, which has sites throughout Matthews, Mint Hill and Charlotte.
July 19: Superintendent Clayton Wilcox agreed to resign as CMS superintendent effective Aug. 2. The agreement stipulated Wilcox will not receive any money following his departure.
July 19: By the end of candidate filing, 13 people filed to run for three at-large seats on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, including incumbent Elyse Dashew.
July 22: Central Piedmont Community College announced that construction had finished at the Levine Campus in Matthews. This included construction of the 88,000-square-foot Levine III, which includes the Georgia Tucker Fine Arts Hall, as well as an expansion of the Joe Hendrick Center for Automotive Technology.
July 22: Queens University of Charlotte congratulated 2018 alum Todd Withers for inking a contract with the Detroit Pistons, becoming the first Royal to sign with an NBA franchise.
July 22: Charlotte Latin School announced that it would be celebrating its 50th anniversary during the 2019-20 school year with events like a touchdown tailgate on Sept. 27 and an oyster roast on Nov. 9.
July 25: CMS held a summer graduation ceremony for more than 300 students at Bojangles’ Coliseum.
July 30: Phil Dubois announced he was retiring as chancellor of UNC Charlotte effective June 2020. He has led the university for 15 years.
Aug. 2: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education promoted Earnest Winston as CMS superintendent, agreeing to pay the 15-year employee $280,000 annually for three years.