The Charlotte Observer reports today that Clayton Wilcox, the former Pinellas County school superintedent, has landed his biggest job yet in education -- this time as the leader of the nation's 18th-largest school sytem. Wilcox has been hired as superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
He served as Pinellas superintendent from 2004 to 2008, becoming a change agent in the wake of Howard Hinesley's 14-year run as the district's leader. Many found Wilcox's candid style refreshing, a much-needed jolt for a district that had lost its mojo. But others saw him as arrogant and said he pushed too hard, too fast. When he left the district for a top job with Scholastic, he had three years left on his contract. Before taking the Charlotte job, he headed Washington County Public Schools in Hagerstown, Md., a much smaller district with 22,000 students.
The Observer reports that Wilcox will take the helm of a district with "more than 147,000 students, a work force that tops 18,000 and a $1.4 billion annual operating budget. He'll step in as the district launches a new diversity-driven magnet lottery, gears up a review of neighborhood school boundaries and prepares for a 2017 school bond campaign."
Read the entire report here.