Meal Price Increase Approved
The Board approved an increase in meal prices by $0.05 for the 2013-2014 school year. Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) current lunch prices for full-paying students are as follows: Grades K-5 — $1.75 and Grades 6–12 — $1.85. According to the most recent guidance, School Food Authorities’ (SFA) participating in the National School Lunch Program whose meal prices range between $1.60 through $2.45 should increase their meal prices by a minimum of $0.05 the coming year to comply with Section 205 of Public Law 111-296.
Baseball Field Gets a New Name
Approval came from the Board to name the baseball field at Douglas Byrd High School (DBHS) in honor of Brad Barbour, head varsity baseball coach at the school. Principal Daniel Krumanocker wrote in his letter of name change request: “Mr. Barbour exemplifies a dedication to coaching and fully defines the word, commitment. He pours his heart and soul into the holistic baseball experience at our school.”
Betty Musselwhite, the associate superintendent of School Support, introduced the April ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ honorees, Laine Maples from E. Melvin Honeycutt Elementary School and Kaitlin Shenberger from Gray’s Creek High School. They were chosen from individual school nominations for displaying ‘acts of good character.’ Personal congratulations were extended to both students from members of the Board.
Christine Brooks, a student at Ashley Elementary School, was recognized for recently winning 2nd-place honors in her age category of Visual Arts in the North Carolina PTA state level competition. Her entry will be entered to compete in the National PTA Reflections Art Program for 2012-2013.
Keith Cummins, regional vice president of the American Heart Association (AHA), and Jane Lott, director of the Association’s Youth Market, made a special presentation to CCS’ Superintendent Dr. Frank Till to thank the school system for its continued support of the AHA’s efforts.
Two schools in the Cape Fear attendance area were recognized for recently receiving Operation Round-Up grants that totaled $19,531.15. Principal Rhonda McNatt and School volunteer Jim Swann from Armstrong Elementary School along with Principal Steven Morris and Media Coordinator Pam Phelps from Mac Williams Middle School were congratulated by the Board. Armstrong Elementary received $10,000 for the construction of an outdoor classroom while $9,531.15 was received by Mac Williams Middle to create an Internet café’ for students in the media center.
Members of the Seventy-First Classical Middle School Quiz Bowl Team (Giovanni Caballero, Kanal Kaneria, Benjamin Lee, John Paroli, Dev Sashidhar, Preeya Shah, Ritika Shamdasani, Mi-Ru Youn, and Douglas Massengill [coach]) were recognized by the Board for the following accomplishments: (1) 1st-place winners in the regional competition of the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities (NCASA); (2) 2 place winners in the state competition of the NCASA; (3) A participant in the ‘invitation only’ National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) Middle School National Championship Tournament with a ranking of 92nd out of nearly 1,000 teams in the country; and (4) Team members John Paroli and Benjamin Lee recently being nationally ranked and earning seats at the national competition in Chicago.
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