|Proclamation for 2014 American Indian Heritage Month Gets Approval
Members of the Board approved a proclamation signed by Gov. Pat McCrory declaring November 2014 as American Indian Heritage Month in North Carolina. As stated in the document, this year’s theme, “Recognition By Definition,” celebrates and commemorates the culture, heritage and tradition of North Carolina’s first citizens. According to the proclamation, North Carolina is home to more than 122,000 American Indians, giving the state the largest American Indian population east of the Mississippi River and eighth largest American Indian population in the U.S. North Carolina is home to eight tribes: the Coharie, the Eastern Band of Cherokee, the Haliwa-Saponi, the Lumbee, the Meherrin, the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, the Sappony, and the Waccamaw-Siouan.
‘Thumbs Up’ Given to School Calendars
Through the Curriculum Committee’s recommendation, the Board approved the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school calendars for students, faculty and staff who follow the Traditional, Year-Round, Early College and Howard Health schedules.
Board Approval Granted for Cooperative High School Renewal for Howard Health and Life Sciences
The Board agreed to renew the partnership agreement between the Cumberland County Schools, the State Board of Education, and Fayetteville Technical Community College for Howard Health and Life Sciences High School. The school allows students to receive college credit while fulfilling their high school graduation requirements. The agreement is up for renewal every five years.
Board Appointment Process Agreed Upon
Sitting members of the Board agreed upon an open process in order to fill the seat of former School Board member Larry Lancaster, who was recently elected to serve as a Cumberland County Commissioner. Through the process, members of the public who live in District 4 can ‘throw their hat in the ring’ to fill the vacant seat for the remainder of Lancaster’s term, which ends November 2016.
Student government leaders Kelly Parker from Cape Fear High School and Rohan Shah from Terry Sanford 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.
School Board Chair Greg West presented framed certificates of appreciation for service to outgoing Board members Kim Fisher, Larry Lancaster and Michael Boose.
Betty Musselwhite, the associate superintendent of School Support Services, recognized four CCS’ teachers, who at the end of last school year, completed the rigorous process of submitting their National Board Certification (NBC) portfolios. Dr. Theresa Perry, the 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: Sylvia Beckham from Seventy-First Classical Middle School; Nathan Stack from Alderman Road Elementary School; Bridgette Jones from Pine Forest High School; and April Pittman from Gray’s Creek High School.
Musselwhite also introduced October’s ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ honoree Mikayla Carroll from Reid Ross Classical High School. She was chosen from individual school nominations for displaying ‘acts of good character.’ Personal congratulations were extended to Mikayla from each member of the Board.
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