New Board Chair & Vice Chair Named
Members of the Board elected Susan Williams as the chair and Carrie Sutton as the vice chair of the Cumberland County Board of Education. Both will serve a one-year term. Special recognition was given to the outgoing chair, Dr. James McLauchlin, and vice chair, Susan Williams, for their leadership.
Administrative Recommendations Approved
Cumberland International Early College High School Maria Pierce-Ford
Douglas Byrd Middle School Jonathon Nunn
Coordinators, Supervisors, Directors
Career Pathways Coordinator Taneka Evans-Williams
County Manager Presents Sales Tax Plan
After being presented sales tax plan information by Cumberland County Manager Amy Cannon, the Board directed CCS’ Staff to prepare a resolution in support of the sales tax plan.
Five-Year Plan for Facility Needs Shared
Members of the Board received a five-year summary of projected needs and deferred maintenance needs that would bring all schools and buildings up to recommended state standards. Some of the changes will include adding additional classrooms at various schools and building multi-purpose rooms at elementary schools that are currently without one. The total cost of the facility needs is $220,726,518.
Board Hears EVAAS Results
The following report from the NC Department of Public Instruction’s November release of the EVAAS (Educational Value Added Assessment System) data was shared with the Board:
Cumberland County Schools’ teachers performed above the state average in all tested areas, with the exception of K-2 English Language Arts (ELA) and Grades 3-8 ELA. 80.2% of North Carolina’s K-2 teachers met or exceeded growth based on class data. 63.7% of Cumberland County’s K-2 teachers met or exceeded growth in the same area. 96.3% of North Carolina’s 3-8 teachers in ELA met or exceeded growth. Cumberland County had 95.7% of ELA teachers to meet or exceed Growth in Grades 3-8 ELA. Cumberland County Schools’ teachers outperformed the state of North Carolina in every other area. In Grades 3-8 Math, Cumberland County had 85.8% of the teachers meet or exceeded growth compared to 83.2% of North Carolina’s teachers. Grades 5 and 8 Science showed 93.2% of Cumberland County’s teachers meeting or exceeding growth compared to 76.7% for North Carolina. In Biology, Cumberland County had 85.7% meet or exceed growth while the state had 75%. In Math I, Cumberland County had 89.7% and North Carolina averaged 79.9%. In English II, Cumberland County averaged 96% compared to North Carolina’s 87%. Career and Technical Education teachers in Cumberland County also showed more growth than the North Carolina average. Cumberland County’s 88% compared to 81.9% of North Carolina’s teachers. Finally, 81.3% of Cumberland County Schools’ teachers met or exceeded growth on the North Carolina Final Exams. That is higher than the 80.1% of North Carolina’s teachers. The following schools had 100% of their teachers meet or exceed growth: Alger B. Wilkins, Cross Creek Early College, Anne Chesnutt Middle, Vanstory Hills Elementary, Howard Health and Life Sciences High, Seventy-First Classical Middle and Massey Hill Classical High. — Compiled by CCS’ Associate Superintendent of Evaluation & Testing Ron Phipps
Community Dialogue Sessions Planned in the New Year
Superintendent Dr. Till shared with the Board the dates for three upcoming dialogue sessions geared toward the parents of students and the community at-large. During the sessions, which are scheduled for January 11, January 25 and February 1, helpful information will be shared with parents about ways they can effectively communicate with the schools regarding their child’s progress as well as helpful information about the dangers of sexting. A question and answer session will follow.
Student Government leaders Hali Reese from Pine Forest High School and Emerald Pridget from Westover 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 November’s ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ honoree Christian Figueredo from Seventy-First High School. He was chosen from individual school nominations for displaying ‘acts of good character’ above and beyond expected behavior. Personal congratulations were extended to Christian from each member of the Board.