Top 3 administrators at Carmel Middle School placed on leave

- Three top leaders at a local middle school have been placed on administrative leave, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

School officials sent a message to families Tuesday stating Carmel Middle School's principal, an assistant principal, and dean of students are currently on administrative leave. 

CMS did not provide details of the situation citing that they were "a personnel matter and cannot be shared."

"The focus of CMS and staff at Carmel remains on students and their achievement," CMS officials said. "Families should know that teaching and learning are continuing at Carmel without interruption. Carmel staff and families have been directly updated on school leadership."


Good morning Carmel Middle School Families,

This is Tara Lynn Sullivan, CMS Central 2 Learning Community Superintendent.

Keeping you informed of matters impacting your child’s school is important to me.

With that in mind, I want to provide you with the information I can share regarding a situation at Carmel Middle School. Principal LeDuan Pratt, Assistant Principal Bethany Gullion, and Dean of Students Patrick Dean are currently on administrative leave. Details of the situation are a personnel matter and cannot be shared.

I realize this information is unexpected and may be unsettling. Please know that maintaining the quality teaching and learning environment at Carmel is the highest priority.  I am working quickly to identify a highly qualified and caring interim principal and assistant principal to support the Carmel students, families and staff during this time.

In the meantime, I will work closely with Assistant Principal Jared Thompson and all other staff to ensure school operations continue as usual. Once an interim principal and assistant principal has been assigned, communication will be sent to all families. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this transition. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 980-344-7130. 

CMS Central 2 Learning Community Superintendent Tara Lynn Sullivan said she is looking to find an interim principal and assistant principal to lead the school. 

Officials said Assistant Principal Jared Thompson will cover school operations until a replacement principal is hired.


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