Board Action – December 13, 2011
Published by Laurie Pender on December 14, 2011

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A report on Board action
Cumberland County Board of Education
Regular Meeting

December 13, 2011  

Board of Education

Carrie Sutton
District #3

Larry Lancaster
District #4

Michael Boose

Kim Fisher

Greg West

Alicia Chisolm
District #1

James McLauchlin
District #2

Mary Emily Royal
District #5

Macky Hall
District #6

Frank Till

Administrative Recommendations Approved

Michael Tucker, Principal, Cliffdale Elementary
Scott Pope, Principal, Max Abbott Middle
Tim Gardner, Principal, Morganton Road Elementary
Tonya Page, Principal, New Century International Middle
Patricia Ramos, Principal, Seventy-First Classical Middle
John E. McMillan, Principal, T.C. Berrien Elementary
Catherine Arnold, Asst. Principal, Mac Williams Middle

Choice Programs Approved for 2012-2013

Through Board approval, Choice programs for the 2012-2013 can be viewed on the CCS’ Website under Choice Programs, and Elementary Choice/Middle Choice/High Choice.

2012-2013 Student Assignment Plan Approved
The Board approved the following student assignment plans:

New Century Middle Plan will help populate New Century Middle School and allow room for growth at John Griffin Middle and New Century Middle schools. The plan matches the New Century International Elementary Attendance Area.

Lewis Chapel Reduction & Realignment Plan was developed to reduce overcrowding at Lewis Chapel Middle School, better utilize the facility at Westover Middle School, and align Lewis Chapel Middle with Seventy-First High School. The plan divides the Anne Chesnutt opt-out students between Lewis Chapel (for those who will eventually attend Seventy-First High) and Westover Middle (for those who will eventually attend Westover High) schools.

Walker-Spivey Elementary Plan will help populate Walker-Spivey School as a neighborhood elementary school, as described in the Hope VI project, and will accommodate expected growth.

Board Approves Restoring N.C. Teaching Fellows Program
In the interest of addressing the shortage of high quality teacher candidates, the Board approved a resolution requesting that the North Carolina General Assembly restore the N.C. Teaching Fellows Program and provide a 2012-13 Freshman Class so that the 17 college/university campus programs will have a four-year contingency of Teaching Fellows who will enter the public schools as classroom teachers upon graduation from college.

New Board Chair & Vice Chair Named
Members of the Board elected Larry Lancaster as the chair and Alicia Chisolm as the vice chair. Both will serve a one-year term.

Student government leaders Mark Gomez from South View High School and Edmond Agyapong from Westover High School served as the ex-officio members of the Cumberland County Board of Education during the Dec. 13 meeting. Ex-officio members are given the opportunity to make comments, ask questions, and give input on any topic brought before the Board.

Betty Musselwhite, the associate superintendent of School Support, presented November’s Amazing Acts of Character student honoree to the Board for recognition. Maya Ries, a seventh grader at Hope Mills Middle School, was chosen from individual school nominations for displaying ‘acts of good character.’

Cape Fear High School teachers Melissa McMahan, Bobby Peterson, Julee Cook and Larry Harless were recognized by the Board for their heroic acts and quick thinking during the Oct. 24 shooting incident at their high school.

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