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CMS chief operating officer named interim superintendent

Hugh Hattabaugh, the chief operating officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, has been named the interim replacement for former Superintendent Peter Gorman, who resigned this month.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education announced Hattabaugh’s appointment today. It takes effect Friday.

Gorman announced June 8 that he was resigning to take a job with New York-based News Corp.

Hattabaugh, who has been COO since October 2008, will serve as interim superintendent for a year while the board seeks a permanent replacement for Gorman. He will be paid a base salary of $190,000. He is also eligible for a lump-sum payment of $35,000 at the end of his interim term.

“It is an honor to serve Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools during this important transition period,” Hattabaugh said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the board, the staff and our students and families during the 2011-12 school year to keep CMS on its trajectory of significant reform and improvement.”

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