Published by Laurie Pender on August 13, 2014
Cumberland County Board of Education
The Cumberland County Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., in the Central Services Board Room, with the following board members present: Greg West, James McLauchlin, Larry Lancaster, Carrie Sutton, Susan Williams, Michael Boose Alicia Chisolm, Kim Fisher and Macky Hall. Others present were Superintendent Frank Till, Associate Superintendents Tim Kinlaw, Betty Musselwhite, Ron Phipps, Allison Violette, Ricky Lopes, Joseph Locklear and Mary Black; Board Attorney David Phillips; media representative, representatives of the principals association and representatives of the teacher assistants.
Chairman Greg West called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm. Our Pledge of Allegiance was led by Michael Boose, followed by the invocation by Carrie Sutton.
The Board heard from one speaker during the Public Forum portion of the meeting:
Mr. Leland Robinson
The Board RECOGNIZED ‘CCAPAP’ Scholarship Recipients.
The Board RECOGNIZED ‘Faces in the Community Teaching Excellence in Global Education Award’ Recipients.
The Board RECOGNIZED the ‘Youth Growth Stock Trust Grants’ in Partnership with the United Way of Cumberland County.
The Board RECOGNIZED the ‘2014 Broad Prized for Urban Education’ Scholarship Recipients
Chairman Greg West called for a motion to approve the CONSENT AGENDA.
Upon motion by Larry Lancaster, seconded by Michael Boose, the following Consent Agenda items were approved by unanimously by the Board.
a) Approval of the Minutes of the May 13, 2014 Board Meeting
b) Release of Certain Students
c) Approval of Personnel, including Certified, Teachers, Teacher Assistants, Classified, Child Nutrition, Bus Drivers, and Prime Time as recommended by the Personnel Committee
d) Approval of Leaves of Absence Requests as recommended by the Personnel Committee
e) Approval of Cumberland County Schools 2014-2015 CTE Local Plan as recommended by the Curriculum Committee
f) Approval of the 2014-2015 Student Code of Conduct as recommended by the Curriculum Committee
g) Approval of Insurance Renewal as recommend by the Personnel Committee
h) Approval of 2014-2015 Title I Proposal as recommended by the Student Support Services Committee
i) Approval of Purchasing Power Program as recommended by the Budget/Finance Committee
j) Approval of Revised / New Policies (Policy 3460) First Reading
k) Approval of Board of Election Filing Fees Resolution as recommended by the Legislative Committee
CONSIDER ADMINISTRATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS
Upon a motion by Kim Fisher, seconded by Larry Lancaster, the following board members voted to approve the ADMINISTRATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS as presented: Larry Lancaster, Susan Williams James McLauchlin, Greg West, Kim Fisher, Alicia Chisolm and Macky Hall. Michael Boose voted in opposition. Carrie Sutton abstained from voting.
CONSIDER CENTRAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS
Susan Williams made a motion, seconded by Kim Fisher, to approve the CENTRAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS. Carrie Sutton shared her desire to look at this recommendation again. She feels one of the employees on the list of recommendations was treated unfairly. Michael Boose expressed similar concerns. James McLauchlin shared his concern over employees subjected to a decrease in pay when moved into another position due to budget and/or position reductions. Dr. Till shared that we try to move employees into ‘like’ positions. We also maintain the current pay for 18 months.
The motion passed with Larry Lancaster, Susan Williams, Greg West, James McLauchlin and Kim Fisher voting in favor of the recommendations. Voting in opposition: Michael Boose, Carrie Sutton, Alicia Chisolm and Macky Hall.
CONSIDER APPROVAL OF BUDGET AMENDMENTS
Upon a motion by Larry Lancaster, seconded by Susan Williams, the board voted unanimously to approve the Budget Amendments as presented.
At the request of Greg West, Ricky Lopes and Frank Till provided the board with an update on the current house budget.
CONSIDER CLOSED SESSION PURSUANT to NCGS 143-318.11(a)(6) to discuss a personnel matter.
Upon a motion by James McLauchlin, seconded by Larry Lancaster, the following board members voted to go into closed session: Larry Lancaster, Carrie Sutton, Susan Williams,
James McLauchlin, Greg West, Kim Fisher, Alicia Chisolm and Macky Hall. Michael Boose voted in opposition.
Upon a motion by Kim Fisher, seconded by Larry Lancaster, the following board members voted to come OUT of CLOSED SESSION: Larry Lancaster, Carrie Sutton, Susan Williams, James McLauchlin, Greg West, Kim Fisher, Michael Boose and Macky Hall. Alicia Chisolm abstained from voting.
CONSIDER EXTENSION OF THE SUPERINTENDENT’S CONTRACT
Discussion: Carrie Sutton requested to table the agenda item for further discussion. Her request was not supported by the majority of the board.
Michael Boose stated the timing for the contract extension is bad. We currently do not know what our funding will be and the superintendent has another year on his current contract.
Carrie Sutton made a motion to extend the superintendents contract for one year. The motion was seconded by Alicia Chisolm. Voting in favor of the motion were Alicia Chisolm, Michael Boose, Macky Hall and Carrie Sutton. Voting in opposition: Larry Lancaster, Susan Williams, James McLauchlin, Greg West and Kim Fisher. The motion failed.
Kim Fisher made the motion to approve extension of the Superintendents contract as presented. Susan Williams seconded the motion. Voting in favor of the motion: Larry Lancaster, Susan Williams, James McLauchlin, Greg West and Kim Fisher. Voting in opposition: Carrie Sutton, Michael Boose, Alicia Chisolm and Macky Hall. The motion passed.
Mr. West thanked everyone for attending tonight’s meeting. He shared the board plans to look at Cabinet contacts soon and hopes to keep a good team together. Mr. West congratulated our graduates and wished everyone a safe and restful summer.
The Board will not meet in July.
Meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm.
Frank Till, Superintendent