Meal Price Increase Approved
The Board approved an increase in meal prices by $0.05 for the 2014-2015 school year. Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) current lunch prices for full-paying students are as follows: Grades K-5 — $1.80 and Grades 6–12 — $1.90. 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.
Administrative Recommendations Approved
Gerald Hernandez Jr., Ashley Elementary
Kristen Kelton, Douglas Byrd Middle
Christopher Hall, Cape Fear High
Resolution Approved to Challenge Voucher Legislation
Members of the Board voted to approve a resolution in support of a lawsuit challenging the voucher legislation. The resolution states that “reducing funding to public schools to fund a private school voucher program, particularly in the wake of substantial cuts to public education funding during the previous five years, will significantly impair local boards’ ability to ensure that students have the opportunity to receive a sound basic education, as required by the N.C. Constitution.” Through the North Carolina School Board Association, the Board has joined more than 50 plaintiffs in the pending litigation.
CTE Proclamation Gets ‘Thumbs Up’
The Board pledged its support in proclaiming February 1 – 28, 2014, as Career and Technical Education Month in the Cumberland County Schools. As stated in the proclamation, recognition of the month-long observance supports urging all citizens to become familiar with the services and benefits offered by CTE programs in the local community and support and participate in the programs to enhance the individual work skills and productivity of students.
Student government leaders Casey Jones from E.E. Smith High School and Elizabeth Adkins from Jack Britt 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 Greg Reames, the market president for Wells Fargo, who presented three Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Awards. The award recipients were as follows: Elementary Teacher Award – Dawn Dixon from Glendale Acres Elementary School; Secondary Teacher Award – Bryan Pirkle from Douglas Byrd Middle School; and Administrator Award – Teresa Warner from Seventy-First Classical Middle School. The awards are designed to assist educators who want to bring an innovative idea to life.
Musselwhite also introduced January’s Amazing Acts of Character’ honorees Christian McFadyen from Glendale Acres Elementary School, Isabella Richards from New Century International Elementary School, and Kylie Oswalt from Reid Ross Classical School. The three 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.