Charlotte Public Schools Superintendent Mark Rosekrans tendered his resignation to the Charlotte Board of Education Tuesday, March 5. 

In a letter that went out to staff, parents and community members, Charlotte Board of Education President Caleb Buhs stated Rosekrans was leaving the district to pursue an opportunity in the private sector. Buhs’ letter also stated, The CPS Board of Education will immediately begin the search for a proven leader that can continue the positive momentum at Charlotte and inspire the very talented and dedicated employees of the district.  We are a district that has seen recent growth in student enrollment and academic and extracurricular achievement and will no doubt be an attractive destination for top-notch superintendent candidates.

On Thursday, March 7, Rosekrans said he’s leaving the position with good feelings for the district.

“I’ve served here for a long time,” Rosekrans said. “I have a different opportunity and I’m going to take advantage of that.”

In terms of the timing of his resignation, Rosekrans said his final day will be Monday, March 11, after which he will be taking earned vacation until his official last day with the district, March 22.

“The new position I have starts at the end of the month,” he said, not wanting to elaborate on the details of his new position. “I had to make some personal decisions, and I’ve done that.”

Rosekrans was named Superintendent of Charlotte Public Schools in September of 2014, following a brief stint as interim Superintendent following the departure of Dr. Nancy Hipskind. Prior to that, Rosekrans served as the Associate Superintendent for Operations for 15 years, and had served the district for nearly 25 years in total.

“I’ve been in public education for a long time, and with any position there is highs and lows,” Rosekrans said. “Generally speaking, there have been many accomplishments here during the time I’ve been here that we should all be proud of.”

The Charlotte Board of Education has its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, March 11, at which time members will discuss the next steps in a superintendent search and who will lead the district in the interim. The board meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the administration board room, located at 378 State Street in Charlotte.