2015-2016 SY to See Meal Price Increase
Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Child Nutrition Services recommendation for a breakfast and lunch price increase gained the approval of the Board. Effective July 1, students will pay five cents more for breakfast and an additional 10 cents for lunch. The increase has come about to help make up a 16-cent shortfall by the CCS, as mandated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) Requirement for 2015-2016.
Fee Rises for Participation in Driver’s Education
The Board voted to designate $700,000 in local funds and charge students the state maximum of $65 in order to participate in the Driver’s Education Program. This $20-student fee increase comes after the N.C. General Assembly’s recent passage of the 2014-2015 Appropriation Bill which shifted funding for the Program from the N.C. Department of Transportation Highway Fund to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. The shift means that “local Boards of Education shall fund driver education courses from funds available to them” in order to help offset the cost of providing the training and instruction.
Board Embraces Military Child Proclamation
The Board pledged its support in proclaiming April 2015 as the Month of the Military Child in the Cumberland County Schools. Through the proclamation, the Board acknowledges that it will “give its support to activities that honor, support and thank military children…because when parents serve in the military, their kids serve, too.”
Red Light Camera Program to Benefit CCS
Members of the Board of Education voted to accept an interlocal agreement with the City of Fayetteville through its operation of the Red Light Camera program. The City will operate the program by using automated camera, video, and radar equipment installed at 10 or more major intersections throughout Fayetteville. The equipment will be used to detect traffic signal violators. The City will pay the Board the clear proceeds of the revenue collected through the Program, which is estimated to generate over $700,000 a year to support operations at the discretion of the Board.
Read Across America Event Gets Kudos
CCS’ Superintendent Dr. Frank Till recognized members of the Cumberland County Association of Educators for sponsoring a highly successful Read Across America event at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County last Saturday (March 7). The Cat in the Hat and Thing 2 even stopped by the event to help entertain the crowd of youngsters!
During the meeting, Student Government Association leaders Ryan Will from Massey Hill Classical High School and Brandon Smith from Douglas Byrd High School served as the ex-officio members of the Cumberland County Board of Education. As ex-officio members, the student leaders are given the opportunity to make comments, ask questions, and give input on any topic brought before the Board.
Dr. Mary Black, the associate superintendent of CCS’ Student Support Services, introduced ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ honoree Justin Edge from Glendale Acres Elementary School. He was chosen from individual school nominations for displaying ‘acts of good character.’ Personal congratulations were extended to Justin from each member of the Board.
Dr. Black introduced CCS’ Associate Superintendent of Evaluation and Testing Ron Phipps, who paid special recognition to six local schools that are ranked in the top 10 percent of all North Carolina schools in terms of academic growth. The principals from Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary, Ponderosa Elementary, Westarea Elementary, John Griffin Middle, Cape Fear High and Jack Britt High were on hand to accept a plaque of honor on behalf of their students, staff, parents, and community supporters. Jack Britt High received special recognition for being ranked #1 among all schools statewide through the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and SAS/EVAAS School Accountability Growth for the 2013-2014 school year.