Mooresville Superintendent Leaves District for Discovery Education

After nine years as Superintendent of Mooresville Graded school district, Dr. Mark Edwards is departing for a vice president position with Discovery Education according to a press release by the company.

Mooresville Tribune also reported:

Edwards announced his plans at 10:45 a.m. during a meeting with the MGSD Board of Education. He has accepted a position as senior vice president of Discovery Education, a digital-based educational content provider, working in the company’s Charlotte office.

Edwards, 63, said he will leave the MGSD in August. He and his family will continue to live in Mooresville, where his son is a rising junior at Mooresville High School.

Sources inside the district say that Edwards’ departure coincides with questions about change orders and the rising costs for the performing arts center which he has been a proponent of.

Discovery Education has multiple partnerships in North Carolina, including the two largest districts, Wake and Charlotte.

The company offers digital textbooks, professional development, assessments and streaming digital media. The company’s offerings often target Science Technology Engineering and Math, commonly known as STEM.

Discovery Education has aligned their resources, namely their digital textbooks professional development and assessments, to support Common Core. Edwards also has ties to testing and publishing giant, Pearson.

Mooresville has long been known for experimenting on its student population with various programs, the latest being  anything and everything ‘digital’. Edwards led a digital conversion in Mooresville that incorporated an expansive “1-to-1 computing” program.

It therefore arguably unsurprising that Edwards would move to a company aligned with Common Core products, as evidenced by his support of the standards in an article co-penned by former Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools Superintendent, Heath Morrison.

Edwards was hired in 2007 with an original end date of 2010. His contract was amended to end in 2012 but was renewed again through 2017.  He was named Superintendent of the Year in 2013.

When hired, his  contract stated that his salary would be “the maximum salary available from state funds”. That state salary was calculated at $123,840, with $47,423 in supplemental salary which brings his total compensation to $171,263.

The board reimbursed Edwards for his personal contribution to the North Carolina Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System at a rate of up to 6 percent of his annual salary.

Board stipulated  $700 per month for travel expenses and Board will reimbursement for mileage outside of Mooresville.

Other perks in Edwards’ contract include an extra 22 vacation days per year. In addition to regular health insurance, the board gave Edwards $5,000 per year for the uninsured medical, dental and eye-care bills for his entire family including himself.  The board also included paying for one medical exam per year.

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2 Responses to Mooresville Superintendent Leaves District for Discovery Education

  1. A veteran MGSD teacher says:

    There’s a lot more hidden away here too. Almost a mass exodus of those in his cabal (admins now teachers to follow)…could I say rats leaving a sinking ship?

    Dr. Edward’s accomplishments include: Books deals using teacher and students as subject matter with a flimsy media release statement to get your school issued laptop, hosting expensive digital professional development visits for outside districts that forced teachers to showcase lessons using the MacBooks, streamlined “easy peasy” doctoral programs catering to MGSD admins through local universities, well paid consulting visits for select teachers to school districts implementing digital learning, forcing out veteran teachers that were well respected by students, parents, and community members, the list goes on….

    A lot of shady dealings with the Town of Mooresville and MGSD will come to light soon I think. The Town partnered with MGSD with a huge new tennis complex, with the town paying the larger share.
    I guess the bills are coming due and town may be balking on its commitment.

    And we have a huge construction project that may not be finished in time for our late August school opening.

    He did a lot for MGSD, but was it worth the damage done to students,teachers, and community?

    There’s a large quiet group here that is really glad to see him go. He left a lot of bitter teachers, students, parents, and community members in his wake.
    It bothers us that he leaves as a golden savior in the eyes of many who saved MGSD and brought us into the digital age.

    No telling what you could find out and bring to light with your research expertise.

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    Mooresville Superintendent Leaves District for Discovery Education
    by A.P. Dillon
    After nine years as Superintendent of Mooresville Graded school district, Dr. Mark Edwards is departing for a vice president position with Discovery Education according to a press release by the company.

    Mooresville Tribune also reported:

    Edwards announced his plans at 10:45 a.m. during a meeting with the MGSD Board of Education. He has accepted a position as senior vice president of Discovery Education, a digital-based educational content provider, working in the company’s Charlotte office.

    Edwards, 63, said he will leave the MGSD in August. He and his family will continue to live in Mooresville, where his son is a rising junior at Mooresville High School.

    Sources inside the district say that Edwards’ departure coincides with questions about change orders and the rising costs for the performing arts center which he has been a proponent of.

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  2. mooregrits says:

    Thanks for the truthful report. I have shared this on my Facebook page for the Common Core Diva and the another private NC page.

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