Board Minutes: 9.12.17
Published by Laurie Pender on October 11, 2017

Cumberland County Board of Education
Fayetteville, North Carolina
September 12, 2017

The Cumberland County Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., in the Central Services Board Room, with the following board members present: Carrie Sutton, Susan Williams, Porcha McMillan, Donna Vann, Greg West, Judy Musgrave, Rudy Tatum and Alicia Chisolm. (Peggy Hall was not in attendance tonight) Others present were Interim Superintendent Tim Kinlaw, Associate Superintendents Betty Musselwhite, Clyde Locklear, Ruben Reyes, Ron Phipps and Mary Black; Board Attorney David Phillips; Ft. Bragg representative, representatives of the principals association, media representative, district PTA representative, representatives of the NCAEOP, representatives of retired CCS employees associations and representatives of the teacher assistants association. 

Chairman Greg West called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.  Our Pledge of Allegiance was led by Judy Musgrave, followed by the invocation by Greg West.

The Board RECOGNIZED Student Representatives Helen Thomas, Student Government representative from Gray’s Creek Middle School and Mary Ledford, Student Government Representative also from Gray’s Creek Middle School. Helen and Mary were given the opportunity to address the Board on a topic of their choice.



The Board heard from nine speakers during the Public Forum portion of the meeting:

John Miner                 Tannelaine Wilson (yielded her time to Mr. Miner)
Fred Whitted (yielded his time to Mr. Miner)                     
Carolyn VanDyke       Adam Beyah               Hank Parfitt                Robert Taber              
Ralph Molina             Carmella McKeller



Chairman Greg West called for a motion to ADOPT the Agenda as presented
Upon motion by Judy Musgrave, seconded by Donna Vann, the agenda was adopted unanimously by the board members present. (Peggy Hall was not in attendance tonight)

Chairman Greg West called for a motion to approve the CONSENT AGENDA.
Upon motion by Carrie Sutton, seconded by Donna Vann, the following Consent Agenda items were approved as follows:

Mrs. Williams approved all items as presented with the exception of 5.03 Approval of Personnel. She abstained from voting on this item.

Mr. Tatum approved all items with the exception of 5.05 Approval of Administrative and Central Services Recommendations. He did not vote in favor of this item.

All other items were approved unanimously by the board members present.

5.01 CONSIDER Approval of the Minutes of the August 8, 2017, Board Meeting

5.02 CONSIDER Approval of Release of Certain Students 

5.03 CONSIDER Approval of Personnel as recommended by the Personnel Committee 

5.04 CONSIDER Approval of Leave of Absence Requests as recommended by the Personnel Committee 

5.05 CONSIDER Approval of Administrative and Central Services Recommendations as recommended by the Personnel Committee

5.06 CONSIDER Approval of the CCS Beginning Teachers Support Program Plan as recommended by the Curriculum Committee

5.07 CONSIDER Approval of 2017-2018 Agreement for SRO Services between County of Cumberland Sheriff’s Department and Cumberland County Schools as recommended by the Auxiliary Services Committee 

5.08 CONSIDER Approval of Granting the City of Fayetteville permission regarding the cleaning of Buckhead Creek as recommended by the Auxiliary Services Committee 

5.09 CONSIDER Approval of Accountability Models as recommended by the Student Support Services Committee 

5.10 CONSIDER Approval of Nurses Agreement 2017-2018 as recommended by the Student Support Services Committee 

5.11 CONSIDER Approval of the Communities In Schools of Cumberland County and CCS Agreement 17-18 as recommended by the Student Support Services Committee 

5.12 CONSIDER Approval of Lottery Applications as recommended by the Finance Committee 

5.13 CONSIDER Approval of Amendment to EPIC Communications E-Rate Agreement as recommended by the Finance Committee 

5.14 CONSIDER Approval of Revised Policy (Second Reading)


DISCUSSION AGENDA: Curriculum Committee Report – Judy Musgrave

DISCUSSION AGENDA: Personnel Committee Report – Donna Vann

DISCUSSION AGENDA: Auxiliary Services Committee Report – Rudy Tatum 

DISCUSSION AGENDA: Student Services Committee Report – Alicia Chisolm

DISCUSSION AGENDA: Budget Committee Report – Carrie Sutton

DISCUSSION AGENDA: Policy Committee Report – Peggy Hall

DISCUSSION AGENDA: Legislative Committee Report – Porcha McMillan


13.01 CONSIDER Approval of hiring NCSBA for the upcoming Superintendent’s search
Upon a motion by Donna Vann, seconded by Alicia Chisolm, the board members present voted unanimously to hire the NCSBA for the upcoming Superintendent’s search. 


14.01 Superintendent’s Update – Mr. Tim Kinlaw
Mr. Kinlaw shared that we had a great school opening.
Mr. Kinlaw made a statement in reference to the Flip, Tap, Stack Campaign/Program:

Last week I was on the way to Emergency Management meeting and I received a call from a reporter that asked why the program at TC Berrien was cancelled. I stated to the reporter, I was trying to be sensitive to the minority population with concerns that Lafayette may have been a slave owner. The event was planned for 9:30 the following morning. In trying to be sensitive to one part of the community, I may have been insensitive to another part of the community. This may have caused a divide in our community. This was not my intent. For this, I want to apologize to the board. This was my decision, not the Board’s decision. I apologize to everyone in this community. In looking at the history of Lafayette, he was an exceptional human being. It was not my intent to embarrass or insult anyone. Our community has struggled in recent years and it appears I may have contributed to the divide. A leader unites and it appears, as a leader, I have divided. I apologize for this but I do not apologize for trying to be sensitive.

Carrie Sutton thanked Mr. Kinlaw for taking the stance he took. She said he has nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to be sorry for. ‘I am very proud of you for that’, she said.

Greg West said anyone knowing your character knows your decision was best intended.

Alicia Chisolm, Judy Musgrave, and Porcha McMillan publicly shared their support for Mr. Kinlaw.

Alicia Chisolm also shared she does not appreciate people coming here to insult this board.

Porcha wants ‘we’ the board to make the decision to move forward. Mr. West shared that we could bring this item back on the next Auxiliary Services Committee meeting.

14.02 Board Members’ Update

14.03 Chairman’s Update – Greg West

Mr. West reminded everyone of TOY banquet Monday night. Also, Sprint is giving away phones and devices on Tuesday, which is a great event for our students.

He wished Helen and Mary a great school year.

He thanked everyone for attending the meeting tonight and hopes to see everyone again next month.


With no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:21 pm.                                                                           

Tim Kinlaw, Interim Superintendent


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