Board Minutes – 11.12.14
Published by Laurie Pender on December 10, 2014

Cumberland County Board of Education
Fayetteville, North Carolina
November 12, 2014

The Cumberland County Board of Education met in regular session on Wednesday, November 12, 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, and Kim Fisher.  (Absent: Macky Hall) Others present were Superintendent Frank Till, Associate Superintendents Tim Kinlaw, Betty Musselwhite, Ron Phipps, Ricky Lopes, Allison Violette, Joseph Locklear and Mary Black; Board Attorney David Phillips; media representative, representatives of the principals association, Ft. Bragg schools liaison, district PTA representative and representatives of the teacher assistants association.  

Chairman Greg West called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.  Our Pledge of Allegiance was led by Susan Williams, followed by the invocation by Carrie Sutton.

The Board heard from two speakers during the Public Forum portion of the meeting:

Ms. Kris Veno

Mr. Michael Boose



The Board RECOGNIZED Student Representatives Parker Gallagher, Student Government representative from Cape Fear High School and Rohun Shah, Student Government Representative from Terry Sanford High School. Parker and Rohun were given the opportunity to address the Board on a topic of their choice.

The Board RECOGNIZED the following student for Amazing Acts of Character:

Mikayla Carroll – Reid Ross Classical School



Nathan Stack, Alderman Rd. Elementary; Bridgette Jones, Pine Forest High; April Pittman, Gray’s Creek High; and Sylvia Beckham (not in attendance), 71st Middle. Each candidate was presented with a $500.00 check


Chairman Greg West RECOGNIZED and presented framed Certificates of Appreciation to Michael Boose, Kim Fisher and Larry Lancaster to thank and honor them for their service as board members.


Chairman Greg West called for a motion to approve the CONSENT AGENDA.

Upon motion by Carrie Sutton, seconded by Michael Boose, the following Consent Agenda items were approved by unanimously by the Board members present. (Mr. Hall not in attendance tonight)

a) Approval of the Minutes of the October 14, 2014 Board Meeting

b) Approval of 2014 American Indian Heritage Month Proclamation as recommended by the Student Support Services Committee

c) Approval of Revised / New Policies as recommended by the Policy Committee (First Reading)

d) Approval to Rescind Policy 6235 – Beverage Vending Sales as recommended by the Policy Committee

e) Approval of 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 School Calendars as recommended by the Curriculum Committee

f) Approval of the Beginning Teacher Support Program Plan as recommended by the Curriculum Committee

g) Approval of Cooperative High School Renewal for Howard Health as recommended by the Curriculum Committee

h) Approval of Personnel, including Certified, Teachers, Teacher Assistants, Classified, Child Nutrition, Bus Drivers, and Prime Time as recommended by the Personnel Committee

i) Approval of Leaves of Absence Requests as recommended by the Personnel Committee



CONSIDER Approval of Lottery Applications as presented by Ricky Lopes

Motion to approve by Kim Fisher, seconded by Carrie Sutton. The motion passed unanimously by those present.



DISCUSSION Regarding Board Appointment Process

Board Attorney David Phillips shared the process being used to fill the seat vacated by Larry Lancaster as of Dec 1, 2014. Mr. Lancaster’s replacement will occupy the seat for the remainder of his term which expires in 2016. Mr. Phillips will place an advertisement in local newspapers to run for one month announcing the vacancy and inviting persons interested to in filling the seat to apply. The Board will review the applications/resumes of qualified applicants and appoint the replacement. All discussions will be held in public session.



Superintendent’s Update:

Dr. Till thanked the outgoing board members and welcomed the new members. Dr. Till shared some of the topics to be discussed at the upcoming NCSBA conference in Greensboro. In January, he plans to hold a retreat with the board in January and a possible breakfast with our delegation. He is hopeful to soon share information about reduced number of required testing.

Chairman’s Update:

Mr. West thanked our student officers for their attendance and input at tonight’s meeting. He thanked all Veterans for their honor and service to our country.

After thanking everyone for attend tonight’s meeting, Mr. West adjourned the meeting at 7:05


Frank Till, Superintendent



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