Board Meeting Minutes: 12.11.18
Published by Laurie Pender on January 16, 2019

Cumberland County Board of Education
Fayetteville, North Carolina
December 11, 2018

The Cumberland County Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., in the Central Services Board Room, with the following board members present: Greg West, Susan Williams, Porcha McMillan, Donna Vann, Carrie Sutton, Judy Musgrave, Alicia Chisolm and Peggy Hall. Others present were Superintendent Marvin Connelly, Associate Superintendents Tim Kinlaw, Ron Phipps, Clyde Locklear, Ruben Reyes, Betty Musselwhite, Mary Black, Lindsay Whitley, Joe Desormeaux, and Stacey Wilson-Norman; Board Attorney Nick Sojka; representatives of the principals association, Ft. Bragg Liaison, 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 Peggy Hall, followed with the invocation by Porcha McMillan.

Oaths of Office were administered to the following newly elected and re-elected board members:

Honorable Judge Ed Pone      Charles McKeller (newly elected)
                                                      Judy Musgrave (re-elected

Honorable Jeanette Council   Greg West (re-elected)


The Board RECOGNIZED Student Representatives Michael Henry, Student Government representative from Reid Ross High School and Tavia Armstrong-Massey, Student Government Representative from Alger B. Wilkins High School. Michael and Tavis were given the opportunity to address the Board on a topic of their choice.

The Board RECOGNIZED Amazing Acts of Character Award Recipient Delphane Lewis

 The Board RECOGNIZED NC Honors Chorus Students:

            Bella Aleman                Cole Mason
            Edith Burgers               Haven Lucas
            Gabriel Gordon            Abby Hast
            Georgia Ross                Selah Apollo
            Christopher Landry    Theodore Schwamm

The Board RECOGNIZED NC Honors Orchestra Students:

            Jonathan Piland          Erin Higgins  
            Brandon Hayley          Nigel Goins

The Board RECOGNIZED Teachers Completing the National Board Process:

Sharron Brown           Brianne Chambers                  Loraine Leigh
Kayla Maynor             Dorothy Woodfork                  Shawn Perry

The Board RECOGNIZED Exemplar PBIS Schools:

Alderman Road          Beaver Dam                    Brentwood                  Cashwell                    
Collier                           College Lakes                  J.W. Coon                   Ferguson-Easley
Gray’s Creek Elementary                                    Gray’s Creek Middle  Ireland Drive
Lillian Black               Margaret Willis               Raleigh Road              New Century Elementary
Stedman Primary      Sunnyside                         Westarea                     Westover High

Dr. Connelly presented certificates to four of our Board members recognized for training: Board Member Alicia Chisolm received the “Award of Excellence”; Board Member Judy Musgrave received the “Certificate of Advanced Achievement”; Board Chair Carrie Sutton received the “Award of Achievement” and Board Member Porcha McMillan received the “Certificate of Merit”.



One citizen spoke tonight – Carmella McKellar-Smith


Upon a motion by Greg West, seconded by Donna Vann, the agenda, as presented, was adopted unanimously by the Board members present.

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

Upon motion by Greg West, seconded by Alicia Chisolm, the following Consent Agenda items were approved unanimously by the Board members present:

5.01     CONSIDER Approval of the Minutes of the November 20, 2018 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 Leaves of Absence and Special Leaves of Absence as recommended by the Personnel Committee 
5.05     CONSIDER Approval of Administrative Recommendation as recommended by the Personnel Committee 
5.06     CONSIDER Approval of the 2018-2019 Agreement for SRO Services between County of Cumberland Sheriff’s Department and Cumberland County Schools as recommended by the Auxiliary Services Committee 
5.07     CONSIDER Approval of Public Health School Nurse Contract as recommended by the Student Support Services Committee 
5.08     CONSIDER Approval of Budget Amendments as recommended by the Finance Committee
5.09     CONSIDER Approval of Bid Recommendation as recommended by the Finance Committee 
5.10     CONSIDER Approval of New / Revised Policies as recommended by the Policy Committee (Second Reading) 
5.11     CONSIDER Approval of New / Revised Policies, 2130, 7510, 7530, 7900, 7930 (First Reading) as recommended by the Policy Committee 


DISCUSSION AGENDA: Auxiliary Services Committee Report – Donna Vann

DISCUSSION AGENDA: Student Services Committee Report – Alicia Chisolm

DISCUSSION AGENDA: Budget/Finance Committee Report – Greg West

DISCUSSION AGENDA: Policy Committee Report – Peggy Hall

9.01 CONSIDER Approval of Policy 2123 Board Members Opportunities for Development (First Reading)

Porcha McMillan requested discussion. She thought revisions were to be made to the policy and stated the item presented tonight did not have changes.

Mr. West stated that changes were requested during the Policy committee meeting; however, no changes were suggested. Being no change suggestions were made, the committee voted to approve this item. The vote was not unanimous, (voting in favor of the policy at committee were Mr. West and Mrs. Hall. Mrs. Musgrave voted against and Mrs. Chisolm was not present) therefore, it is coming tonight to the full Board.

Mr. West stated the policy can be discussed tonight if any member wishes to do so.

Mrs. McMillan stated that she would like this policy to be discussed again in committee. Mrs. McMillan asked for clarification that this item is first reading. Mr. Sojka confirmed that Policy 2123 is coming to the Board for first reading tonight.

Ms. Sutton made a motion to approve 9.01, Mrs. Vann seconded the motion.

The full board voted as follows:

Voting in favor of approval: West, Williams, Vann, Sutton, Chisolm, Hall

Voting against: McMillan, Musgrave, McKellar

This item will be on the Consent Agenda of the January 2019 meeting (Second Reading)

DISCUSSION AGENDA: Curriculum Committee Report – Judy Musgrave

DISCUSSION AGENDA: Personnel Committee Report – Susan Williams

DISCUSSION AGENDA: Legislative Committee Report – Porcha McMillan


13.01 CONSIDER Nominations for 2019 Chairman

Ms. Sutton opened the floor for nominations for 2019 Board Chairman

Mrs. Chisolm nominated Donna Vann. The chair asked for additional nominations. There were no additional nominations made. Mrs. Williams seconded Mrs. Chisolm’s motion.

The vote for Donna Vann as 2019 Board Chair was as follows:

Voting in favor of Mrs. Vann were West, Williams, Vann, Sutton, McKellar, Chisolm and Hall.

Voting against Mrs. Vann were McMillan and Musgrave.

13.02 CONSIDER Nominations for 2019 Vice Chairman

Ms. Sutton opened the floor for nominations for 2019 Board Vice-Chair.

Mr. West nominated Mrs. Chisolm. The chair asked for additional nominations. No additional nominations were received. Mrs. Vann seconded Mr. West’s nomination and the Board voted unanimously to approve Mrs. Chisolm as 2019 Board Vice-Chair.

Congratulations were made to Mrs. Vann and Mrs. Chisolm


14.01 Special Recognition presented by Mrs. Alicia Chisolm

Mrs. Chisolm presented a framed certificate to Mrs. Vann and a gavel plaque to Ms. Sutton. Mrs. Chisolm thanked both of them, on behalf of the Board, for their dedication and service as the 2018 Board Vice-Chair and Chair.

14.02 Superintendent’s Update – Dr. Marvin Connelly

Dr. Connelly stated our students and teachers are working diligently both inside and outside the classroom. He acknowledged the following successes:

CCS received $1,500.00 from the NC Conference of the United Methodist Church. This money will assist students and teachers impacted by the hurricanes that damaged our county earlier this year.

Four CCS students have been selected to play in the 82nd Shrine Bowl. Proceeds from the game benefit the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

The NC School Breakfast Team in partnership with the Governor’s Office granted CCS $11,154.00 as part of the 2018-19 Breakfast After the Bell Initiative. The initiative will expand access to school breakfast to our students who need it most.

John Griffin Middle represented our district last week at DPI. They were one of 16 schools from across the state demonstrating skills they are learning in computer science.

500 of our families recently received refurbished computers at the annual computer giveaway. The computers are made possible through the help of student volunteers working with our CCS Technology staff to make the machines functional again and available for giveaway. The student volunteers were from the Academy of Information Technology at Gray’s Creek and Pine Forest High Schools.

Mr. Roosevelt Pratt, Band teacher at EESHS received the Award of Excellence from the NC Bandmasters Association.

Dr. Connelly congratulated our newly elected and re-elected Board members and looks forward to our continued work for the students of Cumberland County.

14.03 Board Members’ Update

Mrs. Vann expressed her appreciation for election as Board Chair. She looks forward to working with all Board members and is excited about the journey ahead.

14.04 Chairman’s Update

Ms. Sutton stated it was an honor to serve as chair for the last year. She mentioned many of the accomplishments of the last year to include hiring our new Superintendent, Board Attorney as well as other senior-level administrators. Also this year, CCS was granted AdvancED School System Accreditation. She looks forward to continued student growth and service to our board.

Mrs. Musgrave asked to speak also. Mrs. Musgrave stated that tonight we have talked about the many accomplishments of our students. She said she would be remiss if she did not mention that her daughter’s book dropped the day after Thanksgiving. The book is available at Barnes and Noble. She stated that she would like for all of us to take a look. She feels it would be healthy for each person on this committee to read the book.

Ms. Sutton closed by sharing that CCS will be closed from December 24, 2018, through January 3, 2019, for the winter break. She wished everyone a joyous holiday.

14.05 ADJOURNMENT – With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm.


Dr. Marvin Connelly, Superintendent


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