Published by Laurie Pender on January 11, 2017
Cumberland County Board of Education
The Cumberland County Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., in the Central Services Board Room, with the following board members present: Susan Williams, Carrie Sutton, Peggy Hall, Donna Vann, Judy Musgrave, Porcha McMillan, Greg West, Alicia Chisolm and Rudy Tatum. Others present were Superintendent Frank Till, Associate Superintendents Tim Kinlaw, Betty Musselwhite, Ron Phipps, Clyde Locklear, Allison Violette, Ruben Reyes and Mary Black; Board Attorney David Phillips; Ft. Bragg representative, representatives of the principals association, media representative, district PTA representative, representatives of the NCAEOP and representatives of the teacher assistants association.
1. OPENING ITEMS
Chairman Susan Williams called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm. Our Pledge of Allegiance was led by Susan Williams, followed by the invocation by Carrie Sutton.
Oaths of Office were administered to the following newly elected and re-elected board members:
Hon. Talmage Baggett – Mrs. Donna Vann
Mrs. Susan Williams
Hon. Luis Olivera – Mrs. Porcha McMillan
Hon. Edward Pone – Mrs. Alicia Chisolm
Mrs. Peggy Hall
Ms. Carrie Sutton
The Board RECOGNIZED Student Representatives Joshua Jensen, Student Government representative from Pine Forest High School and Karrington Barnes, Student Government Representative from Westover High School. Joshua and Karrington were given the opportunity to address the Board on a topic of their choice.
The Board RECOGNIZED Grade “A” Schools for Academic Performance:
Beaver Dam Elementary
Cross Creek Early College
Cumberland Polytechnic High School
Jack Britt High School
District 7 Elementary
3. PUBLIC FORUM
The Board heard from thirteen speakers during the Public Forum portion of the meeting:
Fred Clark Billy R. King Tracey Harris Cureton Johnson
Lena Johnson Bernice Hall Derrick Montgomery Ronnie VanDyke
Stacey Williams Labeeb Bilal Andreyata Cole Tondra Cook
4. Chairman Susan Williams called for a motion to approve the CONSENT AGENDA.
Upon motion by Greg West, seconded by Judy Musgrave, the following Consent Agenda items were approved unanimously by the Board:
4.01 CONSIDER Approval of the Minutes of the November 22, 2016, Board Meeting
4.02 CONSIDER Release of Certain Students
4.03 CONSIDER Approval of Personnel as recommended by the Personnel Committee
4.04 CONSIDER Approval of Leaves of Absence and Special Leaves of Absence as recommended by the Personnel Committee
4.05 CONSIDER Approval of Administrative Recommendations as recommended by the Personnel Committee
4.06 CONSIDER Approval of Granting a Deed of Easement for Storm Water Drainage to the City of Fayetteville Fire Station 12 at J.W. Coon Elementary as recommended by the Auxiliary Services Committee
4.07 CONSIDER Approval of Budget Amendments as recommended by the Finance Committee
4.08 CONSIDER Approval of Consulting Agreement with Fairbanks, LLC as recommended by the Finance Committee
4.09 CONSIDER Approval of Delegation and Indemnity Agreement with NCSBA as recommended by the Finance Committee
4.10 CONSIDER Approval of New Participant District Agreement (with permission for Superintendent to approve) as recommended by the Personnel Committee
4.11 CONSIDER Approval of Policy 3450 (Second Reading) as recommended by the Policy Committee
5. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Curriculum Committee Report – Judy Musgrave
6. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Personnel Committee Report – Donna Vann
6.01 CONSIDER Approval of negotiating Salary Study Request for Proposal
Motion to approve made by Donna Vann, seconded by Carrie Sutton. The motion passed unanimously by the board.
7. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Auxiliary Services Committee Report
8. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Student Services Committee Report – Susan Williams
9. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Budget Committee Report – Rudy Tatum
10. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Policy Committee Report – Carrie Sutton
11. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Legislative Committee Report – Greg West
12.01 CONSIDER Nominations for 2017 Chairman
Chairman Susan Williams opened the floor for nominations for 2017 Chairman.
Alicia Chisolm nominated Carrie Sutton, Rudy Tatum nominated Greg West. With no other nominations, the nominations were closed. Discussion followed: Ms. Sutton shared her concern that the previous history shows the Vice Chair moving into the Chair position and questioned the decision of the board members to change the policy/practice now thus creating a divide among the board. Alicia Chisolm, Judy Musgrave, and Porcha McMillan shared concerns.
Mr. West and Mrs. Williams asked Mr. Phillips for clarification on whether the chairmanship election is a ‘policy’. Mr. Phillips clarified that there is no policy to dictate the chair and vice chair nominations/appointments.
Voting for Ms. Sutton was Judy Musgrave, Alicia Chisolm, Porcha McMillan and Carrie Sutton
Voting for Mr. West was Donna Vann, Susan Williams, Rudy Tatum, Peggy Hall and Greg West.
Mr. West was elected 2017 Board Chair.
12.02 CONSIDER Nominations for 2017 Vice-Chairman
Chairman Susan Williams opened the floor for nominations for 2017 Vice-Chairman.
Greg West nominated Donna Vann for 2017 Vice Chairman. With no other nominations, the nominations were closed.
Voting in favor of Mrs. Vann was Greg West, Susan Williams, Rudy Tatum, Peggy Hall and Donna Vann. Opposing were Carrie Sutton, Porcha McMillan, and Alicia Chisolm. Judy Musgrave was not in the room to vote.
Mrs. Vann was elected 2017 Board Vice-Chairman.
13.01 SPECIAL RECOGNITION of 2016 Vice Chairman, Carrie Sutton and 2016 Chairman, Susan Williams
A certificate was presented to Carrie Sutton in appreciation for her term as 2016 Board Vice-Chairman
A gavel plaque was presented to Susan Williams in appreciation for her term as 2016 Board Chairman
Dr. Till expressed his pride in the positive events happening around CCS. As an example, 500 computers were given away last weekend to students without computers to use in their homes.
Plans are in place to have a meeting with legislators sometime in January.
Mrs. Williams thanked our student officers for sharing their time and attention with us tonight and hopes to see everyone again at our January 10th meeting.
She thanked everyone for attending this evening and expressed her thanks for the support she received as chairman during 2016.
Mrs. Williams wished everyone safe and happy holidays.
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:58 pm.