Published by Angel Hoggard on February 13, 2019
Cumberland County Board of Education
The Cumberland County Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 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, and Alicia Chisolm. Peggy Hall was unable to attend tonight. Others present were Superintendent Marvin Connelly, Associate Superintendents, 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 Donna Vann called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.
Our Pledge of Allegiance was led by Charles McKellar, followed with the invocation by Carrie Sutton.
The Board RECOGNIZED Student Representatives Emma Wright, Student Government representative from Cape Fear High School and Elena Cousin, Student Government Representative from Douglas Byrd High School. Emma and Elena were given the opportunity to address the Board on a topic of their choice.
The Board RECOGNIZED Amazing Acts of Character Award Recipients: Keyana Henry – Spring Lake Middle School and Austin Hunt – Cape Fear High School
The Board RECOGNIZED NC Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching – Rebecca Criste
The Board RECOGNIZED Title I School of Distinction – Beaver Dam Elementary
The Board RECOGNIZED John Griffin Middle School for Re-designation as an NC School to Watch
The Board RECOGNIZED Grantees for the Stephen Shane Fincher Memorial Foundation Grant:
Patricia Strahan – E.E. Smith High School
Four citizens spoke tonight: Scott Slinde, Rodney Jackson, Mark Yarboro, and Carmella McKellar-Smith
ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
Upon a motion by Greg West, seconded by Susan Williams, the agenda, as presented, was adopted unanimously by the Board members present.
Chairman Donna Vann 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 unanimously by the Board members present:
5.01 CONSIDER Approval of the Minutes of the December 11, 2018 Board Meeting
DISCUSSION AGENDA: Auxiliary Services Committee Report – Porcha McMillan
6.01 CONSIDER Approval of Resolution Designating an Agent for the purpose of applying for Federal/State Disaster Funds
Mrs. McMillan called for a motion to approve 6.01
DISCUSSION AGENDA: Student Services Committee Report – Susan Williams
DISCUSSION AGENDA: Budget/Finance Committee Report – Greg West
DISCUSSION AGENDA: Policy Committee Report – Judy Musgrave
DISCUSSION AGENDA: Curriculum Committee Report – Peggy Hall
DISCUSSION AGENDA: Personnel Committee Report – Carrie Sutton
11.01 CONSIDER Closed Session Pursuant to N.C.G.S. 143-318.11(a)(1) to prevent the disclosure of information that is privileged or confidential under N.C.G.S. 115C-319 and 143-318.11(a)(3) and (6), including discussion of the Leandro Case
Upon a motion by Carrie Sutton, seconded by Greg West, the Board members present voted unanimously to go INTO Closed Session at 7:29 pm.
DISCUSSION AGENDA: Legislative Committee Report – Charles McKellar
13.01 RECEIVE Strategic Plan Development Update – presented by Melody Chalmers
Ms. Chalmers presented a Strategic Plan Update with focus on development with community and the building of the team working on the plan.
13.02 CONSIDER Approval of Resolution Supporting Local Control of School Calendars
Upon a motion by Greg West, seconded by Carrie Sutton, the Board members present voted unanimously to approve the Resolution Supporting Local Control of School Calendars
14.01 Superintendent’s Update – Dr. Marvin Connelly
Dr. Connelly began by thanking our Board for their tremendous work they do on behalf of the children of Cumberland County throughout the year. Dr. Connelly then shared
14.02 Board Members’ Update
14.03 Chairman’s Update
Mrs. Vann thanked everyone for attending our meeting tonight. She again congratulated all of our students and employees recognized tonight for their achievements. In observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Mrs. Vann reminded everyone that CCS offices and schools will be closed on January 21, 2019. Mrs. Vann invited everyone to our next Board meeting held on February 12, 2019.
14.04 ADJOURNMENT – With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:52 pm.