Administrative Recommendations Approved
New Century International Elementary Brady Davis
Gray’s Creek Elementary Katrina McKinnon
Loyd Auman Elementary Tara Bratcher
Margaret Willis Elementary Kacey Northrop
Cape Fear High Kathleen Ross
Coordinators, Supervisors, Directors
Exec. Director of Elementary Education Dr. Mellotta Hill
Director of Student Activities Vernon Aldridge
Board Approves Calendar Revisions
The nine-member Board approved revisions to the 2016-2017 calendars for Alger B. Wilkins, Cross Creek Early College, Cumberland International Early College and Cumberland Polytechnic high schools. Revisions were made to ensure that the schools’ spring break dates align with those at Fayetteville State University and Fayetteville Technical Community College.
Proposed 2016-2017 Budget Approved
The Board approved the preliminary budget presented during its May 3 meeting. The total preliminary budget of all funds is up 1.38% to $441,208,417 and supports the Board’s goals of improving student achievement. The following budget highlights were discussed:
- Includes estimated salary increases for certified and classified employees
- Projected average daily membership of 50,460 students
- Funding continued for drivers’ education program
- Fund Balance Appropriated decrease
- County appropriation increase approximately 1%
Budget reductions in substitutes, telecommunications, and central support
Board of Education
Dr. James McLauchlin
‘Thumbs Up’ for Resolution that Supports Misdemeanor Diversion Program
A resolution that helps 16 and 17 year olds to avoid entering adulthood with minor misdemeanor offenses was adopted by the Board. Supported and endorsed by the Cumberland County District Court Judge’s Office, the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office, the Cumberland County Public Defender’s Office, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and numerous community organizations and leaders, the Misdemeanor Diversion Program was developed to teach youth about the consequences of their actions and enable them to enter adulthood without a criminal record. The Program allows officers to use their discretion, where appropriate, to file an Incident Report and refer the teens into the Program rather than initiating a criminal charge or arrest. Those referred to the Program must take responsibility for their actions within 48 hours of the referral and comply with all academic, mental health, substance abuse, home-life screening procedures and treatment recommendations within 90 days. The resolution further states that the Board “supports Cumberland County’s Misdemeanor Diversion Program and encourages district staff and community members to learn about, utilize and support the Program” as it realizes that a criminal charge and arrest for teens may lead to the “denial or limitations in employment, denial of public benefits, denial or loss of financial aid or scholarship assistance in higher education, denial or loss of professional licensure, deportation and other hardships that may perpetuate a cycle of poverty or involvement in future criminal activity.” Cumberland County averages 600 16 and 17 year olds charged with minor misdemeanor offenses, e.g., shoplifting, larceny, disorderly conduct, underage drinking, affray, marijuana possession or trespassing. North Carolina is one of only two states in the U.S. that charges 16 year olds for misdemeanor crimes in adult criminal court.
Betty Musselwhite, the associate superintendent of School Support, introduced to the Board two CCS’ educators who recently received state awards. The North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented (NCAGT) announced AIG Teacher Sarah Hennessey as their 2016 Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted and AIG Program Coordinator Carrie Childers as their 2016 Outstanding Administrator of the Gifted.
Musselwhite also recognized April’s ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ honorees Josaleen Yates, Rihanna Garcia and LaNaya Mitchell from T.C. Berrien Elementary School and Esther Cazares, Abigail Thorne, Luenice Fonseca, Jada Myrick and Hayley Rupert from Cumberland Mills Elementary School. The students were chosen from individual school nominations for displaying ‘acts of good character’ above and beyond expected behavior. Members of the Board extended personal congratulations to each child.