Board Meeting Minutes: 1.9.18
Published by Laurie Pender on February 14, 2018

Cumberland County Board of Education
Fayetteville, North Carolina
January 9, 2018

The Cumberland County Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 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 Tim Kinlaw, Associate Superintendents Betty Musselwhite, Ron Phipps, Clyde Locklear, Ruben Reyes and Mary Black; Ft. Bragg representative, representatives of the principals association, media representative, district PTA representative, representatives of the NCAEOP and representatives of the teacher assistants association. 


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


The Board RECOGNIZED Student Representatives Nia Washington, Student Government representative from Douglas Byrd High School and Wade Williams, Student Government Representative from Cape Fear High School. Nia and Wade were given the opportunity to address the Board on a topic of their choice.


            Kellon McNeill – South View Middle School

The Board RECOGNIZED check presentation from Burroughs Wellcome for Singapore Math in Alderman Road, Gallberry Farm and Gray’s Creek Elementary Schools



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

Helen Rogers              Kim Robertson           Carol Stubbs               Carmella McKeller-Smith


Upon a motion by Greg West, seconded by Susan Williams, the agenda as presented was adopted by the following vote:

In favor – Greg West, Susan Williams, Carrie Sutton, Rudy Tatum, Peggy Hall and Donna Vann.

Against – Porcha McMillan, Alicia Chisolm and Judy Musgrave.

Chairman Carrie Sutton called for a motion to approve the CONSENT AGENDA.

Upon motion by Greg West, seconded by Susan Williams, the following Consent Agenda items were approved by the following vote: In favor – Greg West, Susan Williams, Donna Vann, Carrie Sutton, Rudy Tatum and Peggy Hall. Against – Porcha McMillan, Judy Musgrave and Alicia Chisolm

5.01 CONSIDER Approval of the Minutes of the December 12, 2017, Board Meeting

5.02 CONSIDER Approval of Alternate Use of Allocated Funding / Health Services as recommended by the Student Support Services Committee 

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

5.04 CONSIDER Approval of Commerce Bank Resolution as recommended by the Finance Committee 

5.05 CONSIDER Approval of Summer School 2018 as recommended by the Curriculum Committee

5.06 CONSIDER Approval of Personnel as recommended by the Personnel Committee 

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

5.08 CONSIDER Approval of Administrative Recommendations as recommended by the Personnel Committee 


DISCUSSION AGENDA: Curriculum Committee Report – Judy Musgrave

DISCUSSION AGENDA: Personnel Committee Report – Susan Williams

DISCUSSION AGENDA: Auxiliary Services Committee Report – Rudy Tatum

DISCUSSION AGENDA: Student Services Committee Report – Alicia Chisolm

DISCUSSION AGENDA: Budget Committee Report – Greg West

DISCUSSION AGENDA: Policy Committee Report – Peggy Hall

DISCUSSION AGENDA: Legislative Committee Report – Porcha McMillan


Board member Alicia Chisolm requested for the Chair to call a Closed Session prior to the vote on item 13.01

Upon a motion by Carrie Sutton, seconded by Alicia Chisolm, the Board voted unanimously to go into CLOSED SESSION N.C.G.S. 143-318.11(A)(6) to discuss the qualifications of a prospective public officer. (7:21 pm)

Upon a motion by Susan Williams, seconded by Greg West, the Board voted to come OUT of CLOSED SESSION by the following:

In favor – Susan Williams, Greg West, Carrie Sutton, Donna Vann, Judy Musgrave, Rudy Tatum and Peggy Hall.

Against coming out of Closed Session – Porcha McMillan and Alicia Chisolm (7:50 pm)

13.01 CONSIDER Attorney Recommendation 

Upon a motion by Carrie Sutton, seconded by Greg West, the Board voted to approve the contract for Nickolas Sojka by the following vote: In favor – Carrie Sutton, Donna Vann, Greg West, Susan Williams, Rudy Tatum and Peggy Hall Voting against – Porcha McMillan, Judy Musgrave, and Alicia Chisolm


Superintendent’s Update:

Mr. Kinlaw updated the Board on recent events involving sporadic heat outages and water/water pressure issues. All issues were handled with minimal disruption. Children were housed in other school locations to stay warm. Child Nutrition made adjustments so all were fed. Principals, teachers and all involved worked together to make the changes run smoothly.

Chairman’s Update:

Ms. Sutton stated her prayer is to work together as a Board cohesively. She shared that it hurts her heart when we treat others disrespectfully.

She reminded everyone of the school/office closure on January 15, 2018, in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

She thanked our Student Officers and citizens for attending our meeting this evening and invited everyone to the February meeting.

With no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.


Tim Kinlaw, Superintendent


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