Board Minutes – November 2011
Published by Laurie Pender on December 14, 2011

CumberlandCountyBoard of Education
Fayetteville,North Carolina
November 8, 2011 

The Cumberland County Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., in the Board Room, with all board members present:  Carrie Sutton, LarryLancaster, Michael Boose, Alicia Chisolm, Kim Fisher, Macky Hall, James McLauchlin, Mary Emily Royal, and Greg West.  Others present were Superintendent Frank Till, Associate Superintendents Mary Black, Tim Kinlaw, Ricky Lopes, Betty Musselwhite, and Allison Violette, Assistant Superintendents Theresa Perry, andRon Phipps; Board Attorney David Phillips; CCAE President Wanda Kindell, Fort Bragg Schools Youth Education Support Services Director Glenda Mack, representatives of the principals association, representatives of the teacher assistants, and representatives of the media.  

ChairmanCarrie Suttoncalled the meeting to order.  Pledge of Allegiance was led byMacky Hall, followed byAlicia Chisolmgiving the invocation.

Board members heard from two speakers during the Public Forum:

            Keith Jones,33 LaFiere St.,Ft. Bragg,NC28307

            Raynard Esquilia,517 Southwick Dr.,Fayetteville,NC28303

The Board recognized Student Representatives Brandon Nixon, Student Body President atPineForestHigh Schooland Nestor Lora-Ortiz, Student Body President at Gray’sCreekHigh School. Brandon and Nestor were given the opportunity to address the Board on a topic of their choice.

Ms. Sutton called for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. 

Upon motion by Greg Westseconded by Michael Boose, the following Consent Agenda items were approved unanimously:

a)      Approval of the MINUTES of the October 11, 2011 Board Meeting

b)      RELEASE of Certain Students

c)      Approval of PERSONNEL, including Certified, Teachers, Teacher Assistants, Classified, Child Nutrition, Bus Drivers, and Prime Time, as recommended by the Personnel Committee

d)     Approval of LEAVES OF ABSENCE Requests, as recommended by the Personnel Committee

e)      Approval of ADMINISTRATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS as recommended by the Personnel Committee


g)      Approval of FULLER PERFORMANCE LEARNING CENTER LOCAL OPTIONS as recommended by the Curriculum Committee

h)      Approval of RAMSEY STREET MIDDLE SCHOOL LOCAL OPTIONS as recommended by the Curriculum Committee

i)        Approval of WALKER-SPIVEY HIGH SCHOOL LOCAL OPTIONS as recommended by the Curriculum Committee

j)        Approval of BUDGET AMMENDMENTS as recommended by the Budget/Finance Committee

State                12-1008 through 12-1014

Local               12-2002

Federal            12-3001 through 12-3013

Cap Outlay      12-4001 through 12-4003

Enterprise       none

Grant               12-8001 through 12-8008

k)      Approval of PROPOSED 2012-2013 CALENDAR as recommended by the Policy/Student Assignment Committee



Budget Committee Report: 
Mr.Ricky Lopespresented an overview of the current budget. He shared information with the board regarding the rehiring of teacher assistants and the plan to rehire and additional 11 assistants before the winter break. Mr. Lopes presented a plan that he and Dr. Till have been working on to provide current employees with a one-time 1-½% supplement payable on or about November 30, 2011. To qualify for the supplement the employee had to work all of the 2010-2011 school year with Cumberland County Schools and must be currently employed with Cumberland County Schools.

Upon a motion byMichael Booseand seconded byGreg West, the Board voted unanimously to approve the one-time supplement to employees as presented by Mr. Lopes.

Personnel Committee Report: 
Michael Boosemade a motion, seconded byGreg West, to go into closed session pursuant to N.C.G.S. 143-318.11(a)(6) to consider the qualifications of a prospective employee.  The motion passed unanimously.

Michael Boosemade a motion, seconded byGreg West, to come out of closed session. The motion passed unanimously.

Upon a motion byGreg Westand seconded byMichael Boose, David Haggerty was unanimously approved as principal ofTerrySanfordHigh School.



Superintendent’s Update:

Dr. Till CongratulatedShirley Gambleas our new Principal of the Year

Dr. Till reminded everyone of the Heroes Homecoming events and activities 

Chairman’s Update:

*          Prior to tonight’s Board meeting the Board held a special meeting to conduct the Superintendent’s Evaluation. Ms. Sutton announced the Superintendent received a favorable evaluation.

*          Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Committee meetings normally held on the last Thursday of the month will be held on December 1st.

*          Thank you to everyone who supported our Reading Rocks Walk-A-Thon for literacy. Over 20,000 walkers participated this year and raised approximately $225,000.00.

*          Congratulations toShirley Gamble, our Principal of the Year. Shirley is the Principal of Westover High School.

*          During this week we are honoring our veterans for their sacrifice and service to our country. Ms. Sutton asked our Veterans and Active Duty Personnel to please stand. On behalf of the Board of Education, Ms. Sutton thanked them for their service.

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:15.


/s/Frank Till, Superintendent



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