Board Action: February 14, 2017
Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on February 15, 2017

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A report on Board action
Cumberland County Board of Education
Regular Meeting

February 14, 2017 

Administrative Recommendation Approved
Assistant Principal
Spring Lake Middle School                          Christopher Howell

Student Government leaders Dre’Shawn Spearman from E.E. Smith High School and Kenyon Kasey from Cumberland International Early College 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.

Board Adopts CTE Proclamation
Members of the Board pledged their support in proclaiming February 1 – 28, 2017, as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month in the Cumberland County Schools. The proclamation urges “all citizens to become familiar with the services and benefits offered by the career and technical education programs in this community and to support and participate in these programs in order to enhance their [students] individual work skills and productivity.” 

2017-2018 & 2018-2019 School Calendars Approved
The Board approved the calendar for those at Traditional schools, Year-Round schools, Early College high schools, and Cumberland Polytechnic High School. The 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 documents will be posted on the CCS’ Website ( in the coming days.

Board Gives Approval to Resolution on K-3 Class-Size Ratio
Members of the Board proposed and approved a resolution on K-3 Class-Size Ratios, which supports allowing flexibility for classroom teacher funding ratios. Without the flexibility, the Board sees that there would be immediate and negative effects on the school system to include one or more of the following as shared in the Resolution: (1) drastic cuts in art, music, and physical education teaching positions in kindergarten through third grade;  (2) a dramatic increase in class sizes in grades four through 12 to ‘free up’ state teacher allotments to fund those positions; and/or (3) sudden new financial burdens on local government to provide the funding for those same positions, which could necessitate property tax increases.” The resolution is asking that the General Assembly “pass legislation as early as possible in the 2017 session to provide local school districts with the class size and funding flexibility needed to avoid severe negative impacts.”  

New Telephone System Gets ‘Thumbs Up’
A new telephone system for the CCS has been approved by the Board. With 6,900 phone lines pulsing throughout the school district, the new system, under a three-year contract, will cost $1,442,100. Pricing from True IP Solutions, based in Clinton, NC, includes telephones, interconnected Voice Over IP (VoIP) service, and maintenance. Through the flexibility of the phone upgrade, every CCS’ employee will enjoy voicemail, call forwarding, and numerous other features. The new telephone system would replace the current 18-year-old system that often demands hard-to-find replacement parts. True IP Solutions will begin installing the phones over the summer.


Betty Musselwhite, the associate superintendent of School Support Services, introduced the following group of honorees to the Board:

January 2017’s Amazing Acts of Character Award Recipients – Student Honorees Caleb-Michael Rogers from New Century International Middle School, Surya Munugoti from Terry Sanford High School, and Antonio Rojas from Douglas Byrd High School were recognized for displaying ‘acts of good character’ above and beyond expected behavior. Members of the Board extended personal congratulations to each student. 


Cape Fear High School Football Team – Members of the Cape Fear High School Varsity Football Team and their coaches were recognized by the Board for ‘bringing home’ the 2016 North Carolina Eastern 4-A Championship title. Their win came on December 9 after defeating Scotland High School.


2017 Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Award Recipients – Musselwhite introduced Wells Fargo, N.A., Cape Fear Market President of Wells Fargo Greg Reames, who presented this year’s Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Awards. The award recipients were as follows: Elementary Teacher Award Winner – Tonya Anderson from Alderman Road Elementary School; Secondary Teacher Award Winner – Latisha Edwards from Westover Middle School; and Administrator Award Winner – Sharonne Simmons from Montclair Elementary School. The awards are designed to assist educators who want to bring their innovative ideas to life.


North Carolina School Public Relations Association (NCSPRA) 2016 Blue Ribbon Award Recipients – Superintendent Dr. Frank Till and members of the CCS’ Communications & Public Relations Department and Video Production Office were acknowledged by the Board as recent award recipients for the NCSPRA 2016 Blue Ribbon Awards. Chief Communications Officer Renarta Clanton Moyd, Videographer Nakol Lovett, Communications Administrative Assistant Linda Posey, and Communications Secretary and Web Manager Laurie Pender along with Superintendent Dr. Frank Till received the following awards during the Jan. 27 NCSPRA Awards Brunch in Greensboro: 

Electronic Media Category

  • “Keep It 100” No-Sexting Student/Parent Videos ~ Silver Award
  • CCS’ 2016 Back-To-School Video ~ Bronze Award
  • 2017 Principal of the Year Video ~ Bronze Award

Excellence in Writing

  • Dr. Till’s School Scoop Column in Kidsville Magazine ~ Bronze Award


  • ‘Keep It 100’ No-Sexting Campaign ~ Gold Award


  • CCS’ Points of Pride titled The Quest for Student Success ~ Bronze Award
  • 2016-2017 Online Back-To-School Guide ~ Bronze Award

Special Events/Programs

  • 2017 Principal of the Year Brunch: “Gifts” ~ Silver Award

Board Training Certificates of Merit and an Award of Excellence Recipients – Musselwhite introduced Superintendent Dr. Till, who presented certificates from the North Carolina School Boards Association Academy for School Boardsmanship to three Cumberland County Board of Education Members. Board Vice Chair Donna Vann and Board member Judy Musgrave received a Certificate of Merit for their successful completion of school board training during the 2015-2016 academic year. An Award of Excellence was earned by Board member Carrie Sutton for her successful completion of board training.




Board of Education

Greg West

Donna Van
District #4

Judy Musgrave

Rudy Tatum

Alicia Chisolm
District #1

Porcha McMillan
District #2

Carrie Sutton
District #3

Susan Williams
District #5

Peggy Hall
District #6

Frank Till



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