Thursday, March 22, 2012

Nine questions for would-be CMS leaders

If you could ask nine questions of the folks who want to lead Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, what would they be?  Here are the questions the school board posed to the people who came for interviews at the airport this week, along with what they were looking for in answers.

Most of the questions are fairly open-ended ones about leadership skills and approaches, though they did touch on some local specifics, such as experience in public-private partnerships such as Project LIFT and  opinions on CMS' strategic staffing plan.  According to the sheet they used,  the board is looking for someone with teaching experience, a collaborative leadership style and an ability to communicate with employees and the community.

Kudos to CMS and board Chairman Ericka Ellis-Stewart for a quick response on this  --  I asked Ellis-Stewart about getting the questions as the crew left the airport yesterday and had them less than 24 hours later.  Next up:  Members will start comparing their reactions to the candidates they interviewed to line up a short list who will meet the public in April.

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