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Cornelius News

Outgoing CMS board member says superintendent will be named soon

Photo by Jason Benavides

Dec. 6. By Dave Vieser. In her final appearance as a Charlotte Mecklenburg School board member last night, Rhonda Cheek told Cornelius commissioners that she expects a new interim CMS superintendent to be named before schools break for the holidays.

“I know the principals at our various schools are very anxious to have the decision made soon,” Cheek said.

Rhonda Cheek | Photo courtesy of rhondaforcms.com

Interim superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh recently stated that he will be stepping down on Dec. 31. Hattabaugh started his role in CMS on April 25 after Earnest Winston was fired.

Hattabaugh’s contract as interim superintendent was supposed to run through June 2023.

Cheek also said the county has asked for information on the next CMS bond issue to be submitted by March 2023.

“I would anticipate that funding for Cornelius Elementary School should make the cut,” the Davidson resident said.

Cheek ran unsuccessfully for reelection this year in District One and will be replaced by Melissa Easley.

Commissioners also commended her for her service to the northern Mecklenburg communities.

In other action, commissioners…

—Adopted the 2023 schedule of regular Town Board meetings. Most will be held on the first and third Monday of each month with two exceptions:

1. In January, both meetings will be conducted on Tuesdays (Jan. 3 and 17) due to holidays.

2. The first September meeting will also be held on a Tuesday (Sept. 5) due to the Labor Day Holiday.

All meetings will begin at 6 pm, with pre agenda sessions starting at either 4 or 5 pm.

Meetings will take place at Town Hall on Catawba Avenue, and will be live streamed on the town website: www.cornelius.org.

Carolina Springs

—Unanimously approved a site plan amendment requested by Carolina Springs Auto Spa Car Wash located at 19807 W. Catawba Ave. The proposed amendment will permit the car wash to move their detail building to the rear of the property while adding express detail and vacuum stations. Following the vote, Mayor Woody Washam thanked co-owner Brett Hart for continued investment in Cornelius.