Board Meeting Minutes: 11.21.17
Published by Laurie Pender on December 13, 2017

Cumberland County Board of Education
Fayetteville, North Carolina
November 21, 2017

The Cumberland County Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, November 21, 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, Alicia Chisolm and Peggy Hall. 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 Alicia Chisolm, followed by the invocation by Porcha McMillan.

The Board RECOGNIZED Student Representatives Regan Kraft, Student Government representative from Jack Britt High School and Alexander Willie, Student Government Representative from Cumberland International Early College. Regan and Alexander were given the opportunity to address the Board on a topic of their choice.

The Board RECOGNIZED Bruce Griffin, Gabriel DeMasi and Jacob Mabe for their Amazing Acts of Character.

The Board RECOGNIZED Chip Lucas as the NC Career and Technical Education Administrator of the Year

The Board RECOGNIZED Mellody Chalmers for being appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education (Ms. Chalmers was unable to attend tonight)

The Board RECOGNIZED Lametris Benbry and Sheila Burke for ‘Kudos Saving Lives’. Both individuals came to the aid of children that were choking.



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

(We had a total of 19 speakers to sign up but time ran out at the completion of twelve speakers.)

Darvin Jones               Imani Clayton             Maria Cantu                Karessa Symond        
Jenn Alexander           Roberta Waddle          Cheyenne Strickland   Donald Gaines
Harrison Jones             Ricky Burnett             Greg Richardson         Patrick Snyder


Chairman Greg West called for a motion to ADOPT the Agenda. 
Upon motion by Alicia Chisolm, seconded by Judy Musgrave, the agenda was adopted unanimously by the board.

Chairman Greg West called for a motion to approve the CONSENT AGENDA.
Upon motion by Carrie Sutton, seconded by Susan Williams, the following Consent Agenda items were approved unanimously.

5.01 CONSIDER Approval of the Minutes of the October 10, 2017 Board Meeting

5.02 CONSIDER Approval of Personnel as recommended by the Personnel Committee 

5.03 CONSIDER Approval of Leaves of Absence and Special Leaves of Absence as recommended by the Personnel Committee 

5.04 CONSIDER Approval of Proclamation for Career Development Month and Career and Technical Education Facilitator Day as recommended by the Curriculum Committee 

5.05 CONSIDER Approval of Low Performing Schools Final Plan as recommended by the Curriculum Committee 

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

5.07 CONSIDER Approval of Lease Agreement for Copier Services in the CCS Print Shop as recommended by the Auxiliary Services Committee 

5.08 CONSIDER Approval of Bid Award for Custodial Supplies as recommended by the Finance Committee 

5.09 CONSIDER Approval of Budget Amendments as recommended by the Finance Committee 

5.10 CONSIDER Approval of New / Revised Policies (First Reading) 


DISCUSSION AGENDA: Curriculum Committee Report – Judy Musgrave

DISCUSSION AGENDA: Personnel Committee Report – Donna Vann

7.01 CONSIDER Approval of Administrative Recommendations

Upon a motion by Susan Williams, seconded by Carrie Sutton, the Administrative Recommendations were approved unanimously by the Board.

(This item could not be approved on the consent agenda because we did not have enough Personnel Committee members present to approve at the Personnel Committee meeting)

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



14.01 Superintendent’s Update – Mr. Tim Kinlaw

Mr. Kinlaw shared that he recently met with county officials regarding the GenX issue. Even though our schools tested below the level of concern, we will continue to provide bottled water to those schools. (Gray’s Creek Elementary and Alderman Road Elementary) Discussions will continue as we work towards a solution. Mr. Kinlaw will provide updates as they become available.

Mr. Kinlaw invited everyone to support Cape Fear High School as they travel to Wilmington Friday evening. CFHS is our final team in the state football playoffs.

14.02 Board Members’ Update

14.03 Chairman’s Update – Greg West

Mr. West congratulated Porcha McMillan for receiving a Certificate of Merit, Judy Musgrave for receiving a Certificate of Achievement and Carrie Sutton for receiving an Award of Distinction for their training during the 2016-2017 academic year. Additionally, congratulations to the board for winning the Gold Bell award from NCSBA for training during the same academic year.

Mr. West invited everyone to participate in the Public Forum to be held on Nov 30th at 5:00 pm. The Board welcomes input from the community as they seek to hire a new superintendent.

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


With no further business t, e meeting was adjourned at 7:35 pm.                 


Tim Kinlaw, Interim Superintendent


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