Charlotte's diocesan schools leader to retire
CHARLOTTE — The search process for a new superintendent of diocesan schools is under way following the announcement earlier this month by Linda Cherry that she will be retiring effective July 5.
Cherry has served as superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Charlotte since February 2003. During her tenure, the number of students attending Catholic schools in the diocese increased from 7,120 to 7,628, and the pre-kindergarten program grew from six schools to 10.
"As I reflected on my 42 years in Catholic school education as a teacher, principal, director of government programs and school finances, as well as superintendent for the last eight and one-half years, I made a decision," Cherry wrote in a letter to parents May 4. "With pride in all that I have accomplished especially during my last years as superintendent, I have let Bishop (Peter) Jugis know that I am retiring on July 5, 2011."
"I assured Bishop Jugis that I would do everything to ensure a smooth transition for the next superintendent, as 'my' wonderful Catholic schools in the Diocese of Charlotte continue to keep Christ and our Catholic identity as the focus and remain outstanding in all curricular and extra-curricular areas," she added.
Bishop Jugis and Father Roger K. Arnsparger, vicar of education, will be working to identify Cherry's successor, but no details have been announced.
-- SueAnn Howell, staff writer
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