Administrative Recommendations Approved
Gemette McEachern, John Griffin Middle School
Board Gives Proclamation Approval
The Board pledged its support in proclaiming October 23 – 31, 2013, as Red Ribbon Week in the Cumberland County Schools. As stated in the proclamation, recognition of the week-long observance supports the school system “encouraging all citizens to participate in drug prevention education activities, as a visible statement that strongly commits to a drug-free community.” Schools throughout the district are planning numerous activities for students that support the drug-free lifestyle.
Student government leaders Katelyn Godbold from Gray’s Creek High School and Alejandro Benitez from Cumberland International Early College High School served as 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 September’s ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ honorees Daniel Blake from Reid Ross Classical Middle School and Tiffani Moore from Pine Forest High School. They were chosen from individual school nominations for displaying ‘acts of good character.’ Personal congratulations were extended to both students from each member of the Board.
Carla Brooks, the media coordinator at Rockfish Elementary School, was recognized for recently being named the North Carolina Media Coordinator of the Year. The announcement came on Friday (Oct. 4) during the North Carolina School Library Media Association Conference in Winston Salem. Brooks was one of four regional finalists recognized for her excellence in media education.
Cross Creek Early College and Howard Health & Life Sciences high schools were recognized for being two of 46 schools in North Carolina to have a 100% graduation rate during the 2012-2013 school year. Both schools were applauded by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the State Superintendent June Atkinson during a Sept. 23 Graduation Achievements Awards Luncheon in Durham for having the highest four-year cohort graduation rates among all districts and schools in the state.
Musselwhite introduced Ron Phipps, the associate superintendent of Evaluation and Testing, who led a special recognition of the following 10 Title 1 Reward Schools: College Lakes, Cumberland Mills, Ferguson-Easley, Bill Hefner, W.H. Owen, J.W. Seabrook, Stedman, Sunnyside, Walker-Spivey, and A.B. Wilkins (currently W. T. Brown) elementary schools.