Board of Education

 Board of Education Members

Elyse C. Dashew
Thelma Byers-Bailey
District 2
Jennifer De La Jara
Member At-Large
Lenora Sanders Shipp
Member At-Large
Rhonda Cheek
Member District 1
Dr. Ruby M. Jones
Member District 3
Carol Sawyer
Member District 4
Margaret Marshall
Member District 5
Sean Strain
Member District 6
Juan Torres Muñoz
Student Advisor

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


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, unless indicated otherwise. Meetings are held at the Government Center, 600 East Fourth Street, Charlotte, NC  28202, unless indicated otherwise on the meeting schedule.   

Public comments are scheduled for the first regular meeting of the month. Public Hearings may be be held as necessary at any meeting of the Board. Speakers must attend the meeting in person to be eligible to speak. 

To be eligible to speak, speakers must register with the Board Clerk using one of the following methods:

  • By telephone, no later than 12:00 pm on the day of the meeting

  • By email no later than 12:00 pm on the day of the meeting

The procedures for public comments are as follows: 
  • The time afforded to each speaker will be set prior to the meeting by the Board Chair based on the number of speakers and/or the length of the Board’s agenda.

  • Speakers must sign up for themselves

  • Speakers may address any topic of their choice, provided that personal or individual matters may not be discussed

  • Speakers are not permitted to read statements from another individual(s)

  • No personal or individual matters may be discussed.

  • No personal attacks on any individual are permitted.

  • No profane or similarly inappropriate language is permitted to be used.

Board of Education Meeting Dates for 2022

January 11 and 25

February 8 and 22

March 8 and 23 

April 5 and 26 

May 10 and 24 

June 14 and 28 

July 12 

August 9 and 23 

September 13 and 28 

October 12 and 25 

November 9 

December 13

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.  

P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools website ( is in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any website accessibility concerns may be brought via the following, Email the Web Accessibility Team at WebAccessibility or Call: 980.343.0115. In compliance with Federal Law, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools administers all education programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities, may be referred to the District's Title IX Coordinator at titleixcoordinator or to the Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education.