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Cumberland County Board of Education
Regular Meeting
November 20, 2018
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 21, 2018

        


Cumberland County Board of Education
Fayetteville, North Carolina
October 9, 2018

The Cumberland County Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., in the Central Services Board Room, with the following board members present: Susan Williams, Carrie Sutton, Peggy Hall, Donna Vann, Porcha McMillan, Alicia Chisolm, Judy Musgrave and Greg West. (Mr. Tatum resigned from the Board as of October 1, 2018) Others present were Superintendent Marvin Connelly, Associate Superintendents Tim Kinlaw, Ron Phipps, Clyde Locklear, Ruben Reyes, Betty Musselwhite, Mary Black, Lindsay Whitley and Stacey Wilson-Norman; Board Attorney Nick Sojka; representatives of the principals association, media representative, district PTA representative, representatives of the NCAEOP and representatives of the teacher assistants association. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 20, 2018

        


Dr. Connelly updates the Board on his first 100 days

Fayetteville, N.C. – Tonight, Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., superintendent of the Cumberland County Schools (CCS), presented his ‘First 100 Days’ presentation to the Cumberland County Board of Education. During his first 100 days as superintendent, Dr. Connelly has visited all 87 schools in the district, completed 30 speaking engagements, participated in 60 meetings with community agencies and groups, and met with a variety of stakeholders across the county, including students, educators, elected officials and a variety of community groups. His CLC3 (Connelly Listening to Cumberland County Citizens) community tour helped him learn about 1) things that are going well, 2) ways to better support students and staff, 3) ideas for what the school system’s focus should be, and 4) how all stakeholders can be involved in the process.

“Over the past 100 days, I’ve had powerful and insightful conversations with a diverse group of individuals, and we’re excited about moving forward with the development of our strategic plan,” said Connelly. “As we look to the future and continue our work to improve the academic outcomes of students, it will take all of us — teachers, administrators, parents, and community members—working together to ensure all students are prepared to succeed in school and in life.”

The journey continues as the school system moves to the next phase in the strategic planning process. CCS plans to develop a strategic plan development team, comprised of principals, teachers, district leaders, parents and community members, who will begin building the strategic plan. The goal is to collaboratively answer the question: “What do we want for our students and how do we achieve it together?” Over the next several months, the strategic plan development team will collaboratively establish goals, a mission and vision, and a shared set of core beliefs.

The district will convene a series of focus groups to collect additional input and continue to seek feedback from stakeholders. During the month of February, CCS plans to host a Town Hall meeting to update the community on the plan, with the goal of finalizing the plan in June 2019. The implementation of CCS’ new strategic plan is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019.

“As I’ve said from the very beginning, we want a community-developed and community-driven strategic plan, and we’re certainly moving in the right direction,” said Connelly.

To learn more about CCS’ strategic planning process, visit http://strategicplan.ccs.k12.nc.us. Also, questions regarding the process should be directed to Melody Chalmers, assistant superintendent of District Transformation & Strategic Initiatives at 910.678.2458, or ccsstrategicplan@ccs.k12.nc.us.

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Published by Laurie Pender on November 20, 2018

        


Anne Chesnutt Middle School Robotics TeamOn Saturday, November 17, 2018, Anne Chesnutt Middle School hosted their first Robotics competition with the help of North Carolina A & T University Engineering Department.  At this First Lego League (FLL) Competition, the school hosted 16 schools from surrounding areas. The Anne Chesnutt Middle School Techno-Hive competed in the competition as well.
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 19, 2018

        


The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, November 20, 2018starting at 6:30 p.m. for a regular monthly meeting in the Central Services Board Room, located at 2465 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville, NC.  The meeting is open to the public.

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Published by Laurie Pender on November 16, 2018

        


Students arrive at the Educational Resource Center to participate in the Sprint 1Million ProjectFor hundreds of parents across Cumberland County, vouching for their high school student to get a FREE cell phone and refurbished laptop from Sprint and the Cumberland County Schools (CCS), respectively, is a dream come true. 

“It’s like an early Christmas gift,” said Tina Wells, the parent of an 11th grader who received the free technology tools. “It’s something she’s been needing for a while and this means a lot to us. We’ve just had a loss in our family and this phone and laptop truly come right now as a blessing to us.”
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 16, 2018

        


outline of the state of North Carolina with the letters NCSBA written on it standing for North Carolina School Boards AssociationTo ensure the Cumberland County Schools (CCS) is providing the highest quality of education to students, Board of Education members and CCS staff attended the 49th annual North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) Annual Conference. At the conference, four Board Members received special awards for participating in a minimum of 30 hours of training during the 2017-2018 academic year:
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 16, 2018

        


2017 All County Orchestra MembersThe CCS’ Arts Education program is sponsoring the Fourteenth Annual All-County Orchestra Clinic for 80 talented Cumberland County Schools’ high school orchestra students selected through an audition to participate in the clinic. The public is invited to the clinic concert on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 4:00 p. m. in the auditorium of Jack Britt High School.
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 15, 2018

        


Running turkeyMembers of the Gray’s Creek Elementary School PTA are hosting their 7th Annual Turkey Trot and One-Mile Fun Run on Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 a.m. The Trot and Fun Run will take place on the campus of Gray’s Creek Elementary School. Cash prizes will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each age bracket. For more information or to register, call the school at 910.483.3352.
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 15, 2018

        


Cozy winter still life: mug of hot tea and warm woolen knitting on vintage windowsill against snow landscape from outside.Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., announces the first CCS’ Holiday Greeting Card Competition and invites all CCS’ elementary, middle and high schools to participate. Principals and Visual Arts Teachers will work together to encourage students at their school to create original artwork that depicts the competition’s theme: “Sights of the Season.”  Each elementary, middle and high school may submit TWO (2) pieces of art for the competition.  First-, Second- and Third-Place winners will be selected from each attendance area. DEADLINE:  All artwork submissions must be received in the Arts Education office in the Central Services’ Building no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018.  The artwork within each of the 10 attendance areas will be adjudicated by a panel of judges. All participating students will receive a Certificate of Participation. First-, Second- and Third-Place winners will receive a Certificate of Award. First-place winning artwork for each Attendance Area will be used to create our 2018-2019 CCS’ Holiday Greeting Cards. For more information, contact Arts Education Supervisor Lydia Stewart.

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Published by Laurie Pender on November 15, 2018

        


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