Board Gives Proclamations ‘Thumbs Up’
The Board pledged its support of the following proclamations for the Cumberland County Schools:
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month from February 1 – 28 to ultimately urge all citizens to become familiar with the services and benefits offered by the CTE programs in the local community and to support and participate in these programs to enhance students’ individual work skills and productivity;
National Education Association (NEA)’s Read Across America on March 1 in order to recommit our schools and local community to engage in programs and activities that make America’s children the best readers in the world; and
2013 National School Social Work Week from March 4 – 8 to acknowledge that school social workers offer essential services to help promote the development of all students through the prevention and alleviation of problems that interfere with students’ learning. The week-long observance further maintains school social workers in an advocacy role to assure that students’ educational, social, emotional and material needs are met in accordance with established laws, rules, and regulations.
Administrative Recommendation Approved
Chris Wyland, Principal, Walker-Spivey Elementary School
One-Year Suspension of Exam Requirement Approved
The Board supported encouraging students to take Advanced Placement exams, but will allow them to opt out this year only.
Permanent Marker Approved at High School
The Board approved the request to place a permanent marker at the Terry Sanford High School Tennis Complex honoring the former tennis and girls’ basketball coach, Gil Bowman.
School Gymnasium Gets New Name
Approval came from the Board to name the gymnasium at Pine Forest High School in honor of Thomas “Tom” Jackson. Jackson taught and coached at the high school for almost 50 years.
Student government leader Tajsah Armstrong from E.E. Smith High School and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Brunner from Jack Britt High School served as the ex-officio members of the Cumberland County Board of Education during the 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, introduced Greg Reames, the market president for Wells Fargo, who presented three Wells Fargo Outstanding Educators Awards. The three recipients were as follows: Elementary Teacher Award – Tiffany Anderson from Vanstory Elementary School; Secondary Teacher Award – Andrea Phillips from Pine Forest High School; and Administrator Award – Joy Williams from Howard Health and Life Sciences High School. The awards are designed to assist educators who want to bring an innovative idea to life.
Seniors Derek Chan from Jack Britt High School and Matthew Cleveland from Massey Hill Classical High School were recognized because of their recent notification as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Chan and Cleveland were chosen as candidates because of their academic success and exceptionally high scores on the SAT or the ACT. Each year, up to 141 students from across the country are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. Both students will receive notification in the spring if they have been chosen to receive the honor.
Musselwhite also introduced January’s Amazing Acts of Character honoree Alaina Wofford from Reid Ross Classical School. She was chosen from individual school nominations for displaying ‘acts of good character.’ Personal congratulations were extended to Wofford from the members of the Board.