Published by Angel Hoggard on March 13, 2019
Cumberland County Board of Education
The Cumberland County Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., in the Central Services Board Room, with the following board members present: Donna Vann, Alicia Chisolm, Greg West, Porcha McMillan, Susan Williams, Judy Musgrave, Peggy Hall, Carrie Sutton, and Charles McKellar. 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, NAACP and representatives of the teacher assistants association. A media representative was also present.
Chairman Donna Vann called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.
Our Pledge of Allegiance was led by Greg West, followed with the invocation by Donna Vann.
1.02 RECEIVE Signing of Code of Ethics by Board Members Donna Vann invited all Board Members, in the spirit of “one team, one Board” to publicly sign the Code of Ethics document displayed this evening. After signing, the document will be displayed in the Board Room. Porcha McMillan and Charles McKellar shared their reluctance to sign. Mrs. McMillan stated that the public display was the actual Oath of Office conducted after election. She wanted additional discussion on this topic. Mr. McKellar shared his thoughts of the document being poorly written and his concern over signing an inferior document.
The Board RECOGNIZED Student Representatives Nautia Carter, Student Government representative from South View High School and Dyamond Carr, Student Government Representative from E.E. Smith High School. Nautia and Dyamond were given the opportunity to address the Board on a topic of their choice.
The Board RECOGNIZED our CCS’ Communications and Public Relations Department for winning several NCSPRA Blue Ribbon Awards for their work.
Two citizens spoke tonight: Eronomy Mohammed and Carmella McKellar-Smith
ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
Upon a motion by Alicia Chisolm, seconded by Greg West, the agenda, as presented, was adopted unanimously by the Board.
Chairman Donna Vann called for a motion to APPROVE the CONSENT AGENDA.
5.01 CONSIDER Approval of the Minutes of the January 15, 2019 Board Meeting
DISCUSSION AGENDA: Auxiliary Services Committee Report – Porcha McMillan
8.01 RECEIVE FY2018 Annual Audit Report, presented by Cherry Bekaert, CPA
DISCUSSION AGENDA: Policy Committee Report – Judy Musgrave
DISCUSSION AGENDA: Curriculum Committee Report – Peggy Hall
DISCUSSION AGENDA: Personnel Committee Report – Carrie Sutton
DISCUSSION AGENDA: Legislative Committee Report – Charles McKellar
12.01 CONSIDER Approval of 2019 Legislative Breakfast Presentation to include Charter Schools Accountability and Transparency Alicia Chisolm made a motion to approve, seconded by Carrie Sutton. Voting to approve: Donna Vann, Alicia Chisolm, Greg West, Susan Williams, Peggy Hall and Carrie Sutton. Voting against: Porcha McMillan, Judy Musgrave and Charles McKellar. The motion passed and the 2019 Legislative Breakfast Presentation to include Charter Schools Accountability and Transparency was approved.
12.02 CONSIDER Local Bill Draft for School Calendar Flexibility – Cumberland County Only Upon a motion by Greg West, seconded by Susan Williams, the Board unanimously approved the Local Bill Draft for School Calendar Flexibility – Cumberland County Only
13.01 RECEIVE Strategic Plan Development Update – presented by Melody Chalmers Ms. Chalmers updated the Board on the status of the Strategic Plan / Process/ Timeline.
14.01 Superintendent’s Update – Dr. Marvin Connelly
Dr. Connelly shared information regarding The Kids Heart Challenge partnership with the American Heart Association. Dr. Connelly thanked loyal, dedicated bus drivers and acknowledged Bus Driver Appreciation Week. February is also Career and Technical Education Month. He thanked our partners throughout the community who are helping our students obtain skills to be college and career ready. Last week was National School Counseling Week. Dr. Connelly closed by sharing a video clip that highlights the important work that our school counselors do on a daily basis.
14.02 Board Members’ Update
14.03 Chairman’s Update
Mrs. Vann thanked everyone for attending our meeting tonight.
14.04 ADJOURNMENT – With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.