|Administrative Recommendations ApprovedThe Board approved the following administrative recommendations:PrincipalManchester Elementary School Kailey Ferguson Hill
Douglas Byrd High School Leslie Bailey
Pine Forest High School Juelle McDonald
Lake Rim Elementary School Joseph A. Fankibi
Nine Officers Added to Local SRO Program
Members of the Board agreed to add nine additional officers to the 56-member SRO program. Funding for the officers is being provided as follows:
6 SROs – A North Carolina Grant
1 ½ SROs – Cumberland County Board of Education
1 ½ SROs – Cumberland County Commissioners
The SROs will be assigned to patrol elementary schools.
Proclamation for a Drug-Free Community Gets Approval
As part of the National Red Ribbon Campaign, the nine-member Board proclaimed October 27 – 31, 2014, as Red Ribbon Week in the Cumberland County Schools. The week-long observance encourages all citizens to participate in drug prevention education activities as a visible statement that the school system is strongly committed to a drug-free community.
Board Adopts 2015 District Priorities
Through the Legislative Committee’s recommendation, the Board approved the 2015 Priorities for Strengthening and Enhancing the Cumberland County Schools, which are as follows:
- Attract and Retain the Best Public School Teachers: Competitive Compensation
- Provide Adequate Resources for North Carolina’s Public Schools
- Develop Accountability System that Nurtures Academic Improvement
- Increase Local Control and Flexibility to Implement Reforms and Enhance Performance
- Increase Accountability in Taxpayer-Funded Education Provided Outside Public Schools
Student government leaders Allison Bouldin from Howard Health and Life Sciences High School and Kathryn Barnes from Cross Creek Early College High School served as the 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’ honoree Brandon Joseph from Reid Ross Classical High School. He was chosen from individual school nominations for displaying ‘acts of good character.’ Personal congratulations were extended to Brandon from each member of the Board.