Board Meeting Minutes 5.14.19
Published by Angel Hoggard on June 12, 2019

Cumberland County Board of Education
Fayetteville, North Carolina
May 14, 2019

The Cumberland County Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., in the Central Services Board Room, with the following board members present:
Donna Vann, Alicia Chisolm, Porcha McMillan, Susan Williams, Carrie Sutton, Judy Musgrave and Charles McKellar. Peggy Hall and Greg West were not in attendance this evening. Others present were Superintendent Marvin Connelly, Associate Superintendents, Mary Black (Acting Superintendent), Ron Phipps, Clyde Locklear, Ruben Reyes, Betty Musselwhite, 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.


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 Donna Vann.


The Board RECOGNIZED Student Representatives Mary Ledford, Student Government representative from Gray’s Creek Middle School and Joyce Dipoumbi, Student Government Representative from FCYC. Mary and Joyce were given the opportunity to address the Board on a topic of their choice.

The Board RECOGNIZED our Amazing Acts of Character Award Recipients:
Aiyanna Campbell, Jines Palacios, Jak’Yah Bozier, Tyler Goad and Kathy Ladrillono

The Board RECOGNIZED Student Athlete Award Winners:
Alex Scruggs – E.E. Smith High School
Kendall Moore – Pine Forest High School
Chloe Arnette – Cape Fear High School
Austin Hunt – Cape Fear High School
Earl Horan – Gray’s Creek High School

The Board RECOGNIZED CTE Student Award Winners:
Phoenix May – Douglas Byrd High School
Kayla Ward – Gray’s Creek High School
Nakedric Kershaw – Douglas Byrd High School
Ndazjah Quarles-Howard – Douglas Byrd High School
John Glover – Douglas Byrd High School
Antonia Houston – Douglas Byrd High School
Naji Masudi – Douglas Byrd High School
Kiara McIntosh – Douglas Byrd High School
Damion Evans – Douglas Byrd High School
ZaMaiya Freeman – Douglas Byrd High School
T’Nyjah McFadyen – Douglas Byrd High School
Sha’Dya McFadyen – Douglas Byrd High School
Teanna Leak – Douglas Byrd High School
Aanayah Mattison – Douglas Byrd High School
Saiveon Jackson – Douglas Byrd High School
Victor Gordon – Douglas Byrd High School
Derrick Sasso – Douglas Byrd High School
Jameelah Brumitt – Douglas Byrd High School
Chkylle Boado – Westover High School
Elizabeth Vaughan – Terry Sanford High School
Sara Baxley – Terry Sanford High School
Elizabeth Johnson – Pine Forest High School

The Board RECOGNIZED Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Award Winners:
Carol Belanger – Ponderosa Elementary
April Scammahorn – South View Middle
Casey Yates – Gray’s Creek High

The Board RECOGNIZED Global Educator Digital Badge Recipient:
Janice Swoope



One citizen spoke tonight: Carmela McKellar-Smith


Upon a motion by Susan Williams, seconded by Alicia Chisolm, the agenda, as presented, was adopted unanimously by the Board members present.

5. Chairman Donna Vann called for a motion to APPROVE the CONSENT AGENDA.
Board member Porcha McMillan requested to abstain from voting due to family member being presented on the Personnel list this evening.

Upon motion by Alicia Chisolm, seconded by Carrie Sutton, the following Consent Agenda items were approved unanimously by the Board members present (McMillian abstained).

5.01 CONSIDER Approval of the Minutes of the April 9, 2019 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 of Personnel Contract Renewals as recommended by the Personnel Committee
5.07 CONSIDER Approval of of Non-Renewal Recommendations  
5.08 CONSIDER Approval of of Extension of Contracts to Provide Goods and Services for Child Nutrition Services as recommended by the Auxiliary Services Committee
5.09 CONSIDER Approval of Award of Large Equipment Bids as recommended by the Auxiliary Services Committee
5.10 CONSIDER Granting a Utility Easement to PWC for Kennedy St. Aerial Sewer Crossing Replacement at 225 B Street as recommended by the Auxiliary Services Committee
5.11 CONSIDER Approval of Bid Award for the Grandstand Replacement at Terry Sanford High School as recommended by the Auxiliary Services Committee
5.12 CONSIDER Approval of Alternative Accountability Models as recommended by the Student Support Services Committee
5.13 CONSIDER Approval of Budget Amendments as recommended by the Finance Committee
5.14 CONSIDER Approval of Audit Contract FY 2019 as recommended by the Finance Committee
5.15 CONSIDER Approval of Bid Awards as recommended by the Finance Committee
5.16 CONSIDER Approval of New / Revised Policies as recommended by the Policy Committee
5.17 CONSIDER Approval of New / Revised Policies as recommended by the Policy Committee
5.18 CONSIDER Approval of the AIG Local Plan Presentation as recommended by the Curriculum Committee


6. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Auxiliary Services Committee Report – Porcha McMillan
6.01 CONSIDER Approval of Addendum to SRO Contract
Donna Vann made a motion to approve the Addendum to the SRO Contract as presented by Mr. Joe Desormeaux. Susan Williams seconded the motion and the Board members present unanimously approved

7. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Student Services Committee Report – Susan Williams

8. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Budget/Finance Committee Report – Carrie Sutton on behalf of Greg West

9. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Policy Committee Report – Judy Musgrave

10. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Curriculum Committee Report – Alicia Chisolm on behalf of Peggy Hall

11. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Personnel Committee Report – Carrie Sutton

12. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Legislative Committee Report – Charles McKellar


13.01 RECEIVE Strategic Plan Development Team Update / Upcoming Events / Timeline – presented by Melody Chalmers


14.01 Superintendent’s Update – Dr. Mary Black on behalf of Dr. Marvin Connelly

Dr. Black acknowledged Dr. Connelly and thanked him for his trust in her and leadership of our school system.
Dr. Black acknowledged students recognized for recent accolades and awards. She also shared the observances for the month of May.
Dr. Black closed her comments tonight with a video highlighting social workers in our schools

14.02 Board Members’ Update

Mr. McKellar asked for clarification of follow up to Public Forum speakers when a follow up is needed. Dr. Black responded affirmatively.

14.03 Chairman’s Update

Mrs. Vann thanked our students, representatives and a citizens for attending tonight’s meeting and again congratulated those individuals recognized tonight. She congratulated our seniors for achieving their goals and graduating during the next two weeks. Additionally, she thanked the teachers, administrators, family and friends supporting our students daily. Mrs. Vann, on behalf of the Board, wished our students and teachers the very best as they complete their end of year assessments.

Our next regular Board Meeting will be held on June 11, 2019. We look forward to seeing everyone again next month.

14.04 ADJOURNMENT – With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:44 pm.

Dr. Mary Black on behalf of
Dr. Marvin Connelly, Superintendent


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