Board Action: October 18, 2016
Published by Laurie Pender on October 19, 2016
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A report on Board action
Cumberland County Board of Education
Regular Meeting

October 18, 2016 


Administrative Recommendations Approved
Assistant Principals
Eastover-Central Elementary                     Staci Jackson
Lewis Chapel Middle                                  David McCarter
Mac Williams Middle                                  James Cole

Board Approves Merit Pay Proposal
In the 2016-2017 budget bill, the N.C. Legislature committed non-recurring funds for the 2016-2017 fiscal year to provide school districts with funds to award one-time merit-based bonuses to state-funded non-certified/non-teaching personnel. The Board approved a one-time merit-based bonus, which will be paid in December 2016, for eligible non-certified school-based personnel and school-based administrators employed in a position of 50% or higher. Per legislation, teachers, and instructional personnel paid on the teacher salary schedule are not eligible to receive the merit-based bonus. Employees whose school’s EVAAS growth data “Met” or “Exceeded” expectations are eligible. Employees at primary schools whose EVAAS Educator Effectiveness rating “Met” or “Exceeded” expectations are eligible, while employees at schools with alternative models will be eligible based on the growth designation aligned to their alternative model. Employees placed on an action/monitored/directed plan during the 2015-16 school year are not eligible.  Bonuses shall be allocated as follows: Eligible staff whose schools “Met Growth” will receive a one-time merit bonus of no less than $200.  Eligible staff whose schools “Exceeded Growth” will receive a one-time merit bonus of no less than $400.  The amount of bonus awarded will not be added to the employee’s ongoing base salary and will not be considered compensation for retirement purposes.

Central Services’ Performance Bonus Gets Approval
The Board approved a one-time local performance bonus of $200 for Central Services’ personnel. This one-time performance-based bonus will be paid in December 2016 for eligible Central Services-based personnel employed in a position of 50% or higher. The amount of bonus awarded will not be added to the employee’s ongoing base salary and will not be considered compensation for retirement purposes. Employees with an average rating of “at standard/proficient” or higher on their most recent evaluation are eligible.  Employees placed on an action/monitored/directed plan during the 2015-16 school year are not eligible. 

Anti-Bullying Month Proclamation Gets Support
Members of the Board approved a proclamation adopting October as Anti-Bullying Awareness Month in the Cumberland County Schools. The proclamation states that the “CCS recognizes its responsibility to ensure physically safe and emotionally secure environments for all students and school staff.” It further states that “bullying is a community-wide issue and students, families, and educators all have a role in addressing bullying situations and changing school culture.”

Board of Education

Susan Williams
Chair
District #5

Carrie Sutton
Vice-Chair
District #3

Greg West
At-Large

Judy Musgrave
At-Large

Rudy Tatum
At-Large

Alicia Chisolm
District #1

Dr. James McLauchlin
District #2

Donna Vann
District #4

Macky Hall
District #6

Superintendent
Frank Till

Board Approves Make-Up Days
The Board approved the following make-up days as a result of Hurricane Matthew’s devastation: Tuesday, November 8 and Monday, February 20 (2017).

Superintendent’s Update:  Relief for CCS Children Affected by Hurricane Matthew
Dr. Till announced that anyone who would like to help children in the CCS who were devastated by Hurricane Matthew can make monetary donations to the CCS’ Benevolence Fund. Checks should be payable to CCS’ Benevolence Fund. Donations can be sent to The Superintendent’s Office ~ CCS’ Central Services’ — 2465 Gillespie Street/Fayetteville, NC  28306.

Recognitions
Student Government leaders Onesia Moore from Alger B. Wilkins High School and Sydney Kraft 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.

Tim Kinlaw, the associate superintendent of Auxiliary Services, introduced the following two CCS’ employees:

CCS’ Maintenance Supervisor Donna Fields – During the 2016 North Carolina Maintenance Association meeting, she received the Association’s highest honor, The North Carolina School Maintenance Employee of the Year Award.

Seventy-First Classical Middle School Bus Driver Vaster Robinson — On September 14, at the intersection of Bingham Drive and Bailey Lake Road, Robinson noticed smoke coming from the back of her school bus. She calmly evacuated 15 middle school students from the bus and cleared the area before the bus went up in flames. Her quick thinking and calm, confident demeanor caught the attention of the Governor’s office. A letter of commendation from Governor Pat McCrory’s, on behalf of the State of North Carolina, was read and presented to Robinson during the Board meeting.

 
        
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