Board Action: September 13, 2016
Published by Laurie Pender on September 14, 2016
A report on Board action
Cumberland County Board of Education
September 13, 2016
Administrative Recommendations Approved
Hope Mills Middle Yolanda Epps
Anne Chesnutt Middle LaKeshia Payton
Westover High Dr. Tonia Bonner
Board Approves 2016-2017 Title II Plan
The Board unanimously approved the Title II Plan for the 2016-2017 school year. Title II federal funds are designed for use in initiatives that (1) enhance teacher and administrator quality through professional development; (2) support programs for Beginning Teachers and New Principals; and (3) offer support for the National Board certification and renewal process. In addition, Title II funds support schools in meeting site-based and district-level professional development needs in core subject areas and in strategies to support student achievement as well as maintain class-size reduction personnel.
Contract for Additional Nurses Approved
The Board approved the Public Health School Nurse Contract with an additional four (4) nurses to help meet the health-services needs of students during the 2016-2017 school year. The contract also covers the salaries and benefits of 14 nurses.
Title I Program Proposal Gets ‘Thumbs Up’
Cumberland County Schools’ 2016-2017 Title I Program proposal was approved by the Board. The school system received funding through the Federal Title I Entitlement Grant for all elementary schools at 40 percent or greater of poverty and middle and high schools at 75 percent or greater of poverty. The grant is to be used to improve the academic achievement of disadvantaged students. As determined by the School Improvement Team, the ‘above and beyond’ funding can be spent on (1) additional personnel to reduce class size or provide remediation teachers; (2) instructional supplies and materials; and (3) increased meaningful parent involvement programming at the school site.
Board of Education
Dr. James McLauchlin
Board Votes to Pursue Employee Salary Study
The Board approved the request to begin work on an employee salary study. A draft Request for Proposal (RFP) will be presented at the next Personnel Committee meeting.
Ultimately, the goal of the study is to provide the Board information to develop a compensation structure that will assist in recruiting and retaining high quality certified and classified employees.
Newly-Announced Teacher of the Year Applauded
Superintendent Dr. Frank Till shared words of adulation about CCS’ 2017 Teacher of the Year Todd McCabe during the meeting. The military veteran, who teaches eighth-grade Social Studies at John Griffin Middle School, was announced as the school district’s winner during a special dinner on Sept. 12 for Teachers of the Year from across the County. Teachers Jonathan Waddell from Cliffdale Elementary School and Kenneth Davis from Gray’s Creek High School were announced as first- and second-runners up, respectively. McCabe will go on to represent the CCS in regional competition.
Student Government leaders Brianna Ochoa from Cumberland Polytechnic High School and Jeremy Ruis from Douglas Byrd 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.