Published by Angel Hoggard on August 14, 2019
Cumberland County Board of Education
The Cumberland County Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., in the Central Services Board Room, with the following board members present:
1. OPENING ITEMS
Chairman Donna Vann called the meeting to order at 6:31 pm.
Our Pledge of Allegiance was led by Alicia Chisolm,, followed with the invocation by Greg West.
The Board RECOGNIZED CCS Future Educators:
The Board RECOGNIZED Winner of Science Fair Project:
The Board RECOGNIZED Champion Athletes:
The Board RECOGNIZED Student Services Scholarship Award Winner:
The Board RECOGNIZED CCAPAP Scholarship Recipients (presented by Dr. Hales, Dr.
The Board RECOGNIZED/Acknowledged Sybil Pinkney – Ponderosa Elementary School
The Board RECOGNIZED/Acknowledged NCASA 2019 Scholastic Director of the Year – Robert Baker – DBHS
The Board RECOGNIZED Seventy-First Classical Middle School – Winner of the Challenge Cup from NCASA
The Board RECOGNIZED Hope Mills Middle School – Horace Mann Funding Sweepstakes Winner ($5,000.00 check presented)
3. PUBLIC FORUM
Two citizens spoke tonight: Carmela McKellar-Smith and Al Miller
4. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
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 pull item 5.11 (CONSIDER Approval of 2019-2020 Code of Conduct)
Upon motion by Greg West, seconded by Carrie Sutton, the following Consent Agenda items were approved by the following vote: (Williams and Vann abstained).
In favor of approval of the Consent Agenda with item 5.11 pulled and placed on the Discussion Agenda: Sutton, West, McMillan, McKellar, Musgrave
Against approval of the Consent Agenda with item 5.11 pulled and placed on the Discussion Agenda: Chisolm
5.01 CONSIDER Approval of the Minutes of the May 14, 2019 Board Meeting
6. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Auxiliary Services Committee Report – Porcha McMillan
7. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Student Services Committee Report – Susan Williams
Discussion surrounded recommended changes to the Student Code of Conduct reference to ‘short term suspensions’. Mr. Sojka and Dr. Black explained the changes citing this change to help reduce suspension days for some students resulting from minor offenses.
After discussion and clarification from Mr. Sojka and Dr. Black, Mr. West made a motion to approve the 2019-2020 Code of Conduct as recommended by the Student Services Committee. His motion was seconded by Donna Vann.
The 2019-2020 Code of Conduct was approved by the following vote:
8. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Budget/Finance Committee Report – Greg West
Board consensus was that we have provided letter and a detailed budget report of needs to the County Commissioners (specifically outlining our needs on pages 26
The County Commissioners have also received a letter from our Superintendent. Upon a motion by Greg West, seconded by Carrie Sutton, our Board voted unanimously in favor of our Board Chair writing a letter, restating our position, to the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners Chairman.
9. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Policy Committee Report – Judy Musgrave
10. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Curriculum Committee Report – Alicia Chisolm
11. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Personnel Committee Report – Carrie Sutton
12. DISCUSSION AGENDA: Legislative Committee Report – Charles McKellar
13. ADDITIONAL BUSINESS
13.01 CONSIDER Approval of Procedure for Filling Board Vacancy Carrie Sutton made a motion to approve the Procedure for Filling Board Vacancy (to include a 5:30 pm ‘meet and greet’ time prior to the August 13, 2019 regular Board Meeting). Susan Williams seconded the motion and the Board unanimously approved.
13.02 CONSIDER Reappointment to the FTCC Board of Trustees Donna Vann made a motion to approve Mr. Ron Crosby’s reappointment to the FTCC Board of Trustees. Greg West seconded the motion and the Board unanimously approved.
13.03 CONSIDER Approval of CCS Logo Mr. Whitley shared the revised CCS logo. After receiving input from the Board and other stakeholders, he combined the most requested suggestions and was able to present a logo that received full board approval.
13.04 CONSIDER Approval of Strategic Plan Gen. Anderson, Ms. Chalmers and Mr. Phipps presented and overview of the final Strategic Plan for approval. Mr. West shared that he looks forward to continued work and dialog as the Strategic Plan implementation process gets underway and with that he made a motion to approve the plan as presented. Carrie Sutton seconded the motion and the Board unanimously approved.
14. CLOSING ITEMS
14.01 Superintendent’s Update – Dr. Marvin Connelly
In light of the current limitations with his voice, Dr. Connelly invited Dr. Black to share his closing comments. He also thanked Dr. Black again for her work during his absence.
14.02 Board Members’ Update
14.03 Chairman’s Update
Mrs. Vann stated how proud she is of our graduating seniors and our school system.
Mrs. Vann open the floor to Mrs. Musgrave to share her recent recognition as a Shaw University ‘Living Legend’ for her significant leadership in education, community involvement and contributions to her alma mater. Mrs. Musgrave is proud to share the award with our Board as well.
Mrs. Vann thanked our students, representatives and citizens for attending tonight’s meeting and again congratulated those individuals recognized tonight.
Our next regular Board Meeting will be held on August 13, 2019. We look forward to seeing everyone again next month.
14.04 ADJOURNMENT – With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.