Board Action – November 10, 2015
Published by Laurie Pender on November 12, 2015

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A report on Board action
Cumberland County Board of Education
Regular Meeting

November 10, 2015 


Administrative Recommendations  Approved
New Century International Middle School        Lavette McMillan

Director of Exceptional Children’s Services
Central Services                                                      Nicole Sinclair

Board Reviewed New  & Revised Policies
As a part of the first reading, the Policy Committee presented to the Board one new and 26 revised policies in accordance with state legislature. To see the updated policy information, visit CCS’ Website ( and click on Board of Education/Meeting Agendas/Item #3.09.

Lottery Applications Approved by Board
The Board approved applications that authorize the release of Cumberland County Schools’ Education Lottery funds for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.  The funds will be used to pay the debt on 2009 and later school construction projects. The applications will now be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for its approval.  

Student Government leaders Jocelyn Kearney from Reid Ross Classical High School and Caleb Edkins from South View 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, recognized Principals Tom Hatch from Reid Ross Classical High School, Patsy Patrick from Cross Creek Early College High School, Lavette McMillan from Cumberland International Early College High School and Joy Williams from Howard Health & Life Sciences High School. These four principals and their schools were recently honored by State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson during a special luncheon in Durham for having the highest four-year cohort graduation rates among all districts and schools in the state in 2014-2015.

An employee from Ponderosa Elementary School and staff members at South View High School were recognized for their life-saving actions. They are as follows:

  • Several weeks ago in the school cafeteria, Ponderosa Elementary Teacher Assistant Jearline Bunnells noticed a second grader choking on his lunch. According to the school’s principal, Christina Tucker, Bunnells acted quickly by grabbing the student and administering several abdominal thrusts on him as 911 was being called. Her quick actions caused the food to become dislodged. Bunnells credits the training she received from CCS’ Safety & Security Specialist Larry Epler on how to properly perform the abdominal thrust maneuver.
  • On Oct. 28, a student went to the front office at South View High School (SVHS) during lunch to see the school nurse. She had just eaten a pomegranate and wasn’t feeling well. The school nurse was able to determine that the student was in anaphylactic shock. SVHS staff members Linda Cusi, Shirley Maldonaldo, Larry Bradford, Ashley Westbrook, Angela Lamar, Chad Barbour and Morgan Odom worked as a team to administer the Epi-Pen, contact 911 and the students’ parents, escort EMS staff and divert student traffic near the front office.

Musselwhite also introduced October’s ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ honorees Donald Kunkel from C. Wayne Collier Elementary School and Joshua Holston 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 Donald and Joshua from each member of the Board.



Board of Education

Dr. James McLauchlin
District #2

Susan Williams
District #5

Greg West

Judy Musgrave

Rudy Tatum

Alicia Chisolm
District #1

Carrie Sutton
District #3

Donna Vann
District #4

Macky Hall
District #6

Frank Till


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