Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Crystal Hill

Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) board names another interim superintendent

Dec. 23, 2022
Crystal Hill will replace Hugh Hattabaugh, who has been interim superintendent since April.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) school board has named Crystal Hill as interim superintendent.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the appointment comes more than a month after Hugh Hattabaugh announced he wouldn't finish his contract as interim superintendent of the 140,000-student district.

Hill, the district's chief of staff, is the first Black woman to lead the district. She worked in Cabarrus County (N.C.) Schools as the chief academic officer and assistant superintendent before joining Charlotte-Mecklenburg in May.

She will be the eighth person since 2011 to take the helm of the district. Hattabaugh, 71, was named interim superintendent in April after the board fired Earnest Winston. Hattabaugh announced his departure in November, citing family obligations.

The board hopes to have a permanent superintendent hired by summer. 

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