New Board Chair & Vice Chair Named
Members of the Board elected Greg West the chair and Dr. James McLauchlin as the vice chair. Both will serve a one-year term.
Administrative Recommendation Approved
Sandra Braxton, Pauline Jones Middle School
Gymnasium Gets a New Name
Approval came from the Board to name the gymnasium at Westover High School (WOHS) in honor of Coach Gene Arrington, former Girls’ Varsity Basketball coach. According to school officials, he is said to be the first and only coach, to bring a state championship to WOHS. Principal Dr. Thomas Benson wrote in his name-change proposal to the School Improvement Team: “Coach Arrington has been a staple at Westover for a number of years and is well respected in the community. This [gymnasium renaming] will serve as a way to show the community the appreciation Westover has for the accomplishments and service of Coach Arrington.”
Approval Given by Board for SRO Grant Application
The Board approved submitting a North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) grant application that will provide an additional three School Resource Officers (SRO) for security to area elementary schools. Earlier in the year, DPI approved a grant for six SROs. The total amount requested for the additional officers is $168,000. SROs work to prevent violence and help maintain a safe and orderly campus.
Board Gives Proclamation Approval
The Board pledged its support in proclaiming January 26 – February 1, 2014, as Make A Choice Week in the Cumberland County Schools. As stated in the proclamation, recognition of the week-long observance supports the schools and community working together to empower young people to stay in and succeed in school.
Student government leaders Tristan Strother from South View High School and Kennith Echeverria from Westover 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, recognized seven CCS’ teachers, who at the end of last school year, completed the rigorous process of submitting their National Board Certification (NBC) portfolios. Donna Mims, the executive director of Professional Development, and Elaine Duff, who provides NBC teacher support, joined Musselwhite in presenting the following teachers a $500 stipend from the Cumberland County Board of Education: Karrie Andersch from Westover High School, Jaime Gilas from Gray’s Creek Middle School, Richard Johnston from Brentwood Elementary School, Yulonda Smalls from Brentwood Elementary School, Jamie Stanley from Brentwood Elementary School, William Till from Terry Sanford High School, and Toscha Yeager from Gray’s Creek High School.
Musselwhite also introduced November’s ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ honorees Langdon Paquin from Long Hill Elementary School and Tyrease McCray from Douglas Byrd High School. The students were chosen from individual school nominations for displaying ‘acts of good character.’ Personal congratulations were extended to the students from each member of the Board.