Administrative Recommendations Approved
Pine Forest High School Jason Norton
Supervisors, Directors, Coordinators
Curriculum Specialist – ELA Lucille Lazare
Director of Human Resources Tonya Page
Executive Director of Exceptional Children’s Services
Julie Aul, Central Services
Driver’s Education Fee Reduction for Certain Students
The Board gave its approval to a revised driver’s education fee reduction to students who demonstrate financial hardship. Instead of paying $65.00 to take the driving course, the cost for students who are free- and reduced-meal verified has been reduced to $32.50. The Fall Session gets underway Oct. 26.
Board Approves 2015-2016 Agreement for SRO Services
The Board approved the agreement between the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and the Cumberland County Schools as it pertains to the services the School Resource Officers provide schools throughout the County. Both entities agreed that a matching state grant will continue to cover the cost of the nine officers that were added last school year as follows:
6 SROs – A North Carolina Grant
1 ½ SROs – Cumberland County Board of Education
1 ½ SROs – Cumberland County Commissioners
2015-2016 School Nurse Contract Agreed Upon
The contract between the Cumberland County Health Department and the Cumberland County Schools regarding the use of public health nurses was approved by the nine-member Board. Twenty-six nurses will be serving students throughout the district during the 2015-2016 school year.
Anti-Bullying Month Proclamation Gets ‘Thumbs Up’
Members of the Board pledged their support in proclaiming October 2015 as Anti-Bullying Awareness Month in the Cumberland County Schools. As stated in the proclamation, recognition of the month-long observance acknowledges the school system’s “responsibility to ensure physically safe and emotionally secure environments for all students and school staff,” and supports the thought that “bullying is a community-wide issue where students, families, and educators all have a role in addressing bullying situations and changing school culture.”
During the meeting, Student Government leaders Christiana Payne from Alger B. Wilkins High School and Jeremiah Rhodes from Jack Britt 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 Go Green Initiative Coordinator Gloria Lengel. She presented the following awards from the North Carolina Green Building Council to the Board:
— The Green Apple Award for NC K-12 Schools Sustainability and Conservation Program; and
— The Environmental Sustainability Challenge.
Musselwhite also introduced September’s ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ honorees Yuna Kim from Stoney Point Elementary School and Semara Harper-Cole from Reid Ross Classical Middle School. The two students were chosen from individual school nominations for displaying ‘acts of good character’ above and beyond expected behavior. Personal congratulations were extended to Yuna and Semara from each member of the Board.