Recognition of Ex-Officio Members
Student Government leaders Ulysses Crawford from Cumberland International Early College High School and Mikayla Gutierrez from Seventy-First High School served as ex-officio members of the Cumberland County Board of Education. Ex-officio members are given the opportunity to make comments, ask questions, and give input on any topic brought before the Board.
Gray’s Creek Middle Amy Dombrowski
Grants and Project Management Coordinator
Academic Services Sabrina Steigelman
High School Baseball Field Gets Named
Members of the Board gave ‘thumbs up’ to naming the baseball field at Seventy-First High School (SFHS) after long-time coach and educator Ted Chappell. The 40-year teaching veteran coached the SFHS baseball team for seven years. In 1965, the Falcons were ranked as the #2 high school baseball team in North Carolina under Chappell’s leadership. He also established the junior varsity baseball program at the school.
Board Approves Revised 2019-2020 Bell Schedule
The Board approved revisions to the 2019-2020 Bell Schedule, which primarily affects schools in the Pine Forest and Terry Sanford attendance areas. The revised schedule will be posted on the CCS’ Website later this spring.
2019-2020 Budget Proposal Embraced by Board
The Board showed its support of the district budget which recommends the Board ask Cumberland County Board of Commissioners for an increase of $8.9 million in local funding. The total request of $89,041,982 will help (1) address the needs of the whole child by increasing the number of social workers, school counselors, and school nurses; (2) fund state salary increases and class-size phase-in requirements; and (3) increase funds to support the growth of English as a Second Language (ESL) and Exceptional Children populations, inflation, continuity of the school safety watch program and other district initiatives, the recruitment and retention of principals at the most challenging schools, and the implementation of effective and family and community engagement efforts that ultimately increase student success. School administrators say this budget proposal is geared to address the educational and social-emotional needs of ‘the whole child.’
Mathematics Instructional Materials Adopted
The Board approved the district’s instructional materials adoption for mathematics. Students in elementary and high school math courses across the CCS will have new materials for the 2019-2020 school year. Middle school materials were selected in 2018. The adoption spans from 2019-2024. CCS’ teachers and principals served on the Instructional Materials Advisory. They also participated in February’s Math Materials Adoption Road Show along with the community-at-large. According to CCS administrators, the materials are expected in the district by late June.
Board Receives Strategic Plan Development Update
Melody Chalmers, the assistant superintendent of Transformation & Strategic Initiatives, presented the Board with an update of ideas generated during the March 21 Development Team meeting that focus on the school district’s vision and mission statements and core values. Chalmers said that throughout April, input will be gathered from the public in an effort to refine these ideas so that they are reflective of the community and the needs of students.