Frequently Asked Questions

Choice:

Cumberland County Board of Education:

Find Your School:

Calendar Questions:

Employment:

Facility Use:

Pre-K Programs:

Procedures:

Statistics:

General Questions:

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  • Q1. Answer: Research the programs that we offer.  You can find extensive information on the Choice Website (www.choice.ccs.k12.nc.us). If you know which school you prefer, consider contacting the school office and ask to visit the school and meet with the principal. We also have printed information in a Choice Guide that is available in the Communications Office at Central Services. Once you have decided on a program and it has been determined that the school can accept applications, you will need to follow the application process.

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  • Q2. Answer: We offer 6 programs in the elementary schools, five programs in the middle schools, and 16 in the high schools. You should investigate the program descriptions and locations of different programs on the Choice Website at www.choice.ccs.k12.nc.us

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  • Q3. Answer: The Choice Fair is an annual event in late January where each school that offers a Choice Program and is accepting applications comes and shares information about their school and their program. Representatives from the schools are there to answer questions and talk one-on-one with parents and students.

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  • Q4. Answer: The application process is handled by our Student Assignment Office. All applications must be mailed to the Student Assignment Office, postmarked no later than February 29. Applications for students who move into the district after February 1 will be accepted until June 1. Questions concerning your application should be directed to the Student Assignment Office at 910.678.2616.

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  • Q5. Answer: Visit  the CCS’ Home page and click on Board of Education. You will find information about each Board member and the districts he/she serves. If you need further information, contact the CCS Central Services at 910.678.2300.

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  • Q6. Answer: Call the Central Services (910.678.2300) and ask for contact information for the Board members.  You can also contact any member by clicking on “Board of Education” on the CCS’ Website. There is a direct e-mail link to each member as well as his/her telephone numbers.

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  • Q7. Answer: Our Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Board agendas and minutes are posted on the CCS’ Website. You may access that information by clicking on the Board of Education button.

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  • Q8. Answer: Visit the CCS’ Home page and click on a map of Cumberland County titled “Find Your School”. If you click on that map you can enter any street address in Cumberland County and find a listing of the schools to which your child could be assigned.

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  • Q9. Answer: If you click on the High School District Map found in “Find Your School”, you will see all the schools that feed into the high school.

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  • Q10. Answer: Visit the CCS’ Homepage. Under the Newcomers drop down menu visit the calendar page and you will find the upcoming graduation schedule.

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  • Q11. Answer: Vacancies are posted on the Human Resources (HR) Website.

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  • Q12. Answer: Our HR Department keeps applications for one year. If you are interested in a specific vacancy, you may want to call the office (910.678.2629) and request that your application be considered.

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  • Q13. Answer: We have several schools that are designated as “Community Schools.” This means that our insurance covers the use of a facility for those groups and purposes beyond the normal school setting.  There is a contractual agreement for this process. Anyone interested should contact the Office of Auxiliary Services at 910.678.2305.

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  • Q14. Answer: The CCS offers several Pre-K programs. The Federal Programs Department currently supports programs at 34 elementary schools. Our Exceptional Children Department also offers Pre-K opportunities for children who qualify for their services. Please check their websites for specific information and enrollment procedures or contact the Federal Programs Department at 910.678.2637 or Exceptional Children’s Department at 910.678.2430.

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  • Q15. Answer: We have a Central Records Office that keeps all  records of CCS graduates. It is  located at the Operations Center at 810 Gillespie Street. You can also reach them at 910.678.2501.

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  • Q16. Answer: In the event of threatening weather, the superintendent will try to make a decision regarding school operations by 5:00 a.m.  If there is a change in the normal school day, a call will go out to all homes as soon as the decision is made. In addition, information will be posted on the CCS’ Website and given to the local newspaper and various television and radio stations.

In the event that weather conditions require an early dismissal of school, notices will be sent to all the media outlets. Calls will be sent to all homes via the emergency message system to announce the change in schedule.

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  • Q17. Answer: The first step in our procedure is to discuss your concern with the school administration. In the event that your issue is not resolved, and it concerns instruction or discipline, contact the Executive Director of Elementary Education (910.678.2417) or Executive Director of Secondary Education (910.678.2420),depending on the grade of your child. If they are not able to adequately address your concerns, you would call the Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction (910.678.2407).  Once these possibilities are exhausted, you could contact the Office of  the Superintendent. (910.678.2312).

If your concern is over an area of Operations (safety, transportation, child nutrition, facilities) you would again, contact the school principal first. If you need further discussion or assistance, contact the Associate Superintendent for Auxiliary Services (910.678.2305).

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  • Q18. Answer: Students must attend the school in their home attendance area unless they receive special permission to attend a school in another area.  We have a policy (JBCCA-R: Voluntary Transfers within the Cumberland County Schools) which explains the circumstances under which a student may be considered for transfer as well as the process that must be followed. That policy can be found by clicking on the “Policy” link on the left side of the CCS homepage. Specific questions should be directed to the Student Assignment Office at 910.678.2616.

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  • Q19. Answer: For the district, you may look on the right hand side of the CCS’ Homepage under Know the Facts. For testing information, student teacher ratio, ethnicity, you would check on the left hand side of each school website. The information can be found on the School Profile page. 

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  • Q20. Answer: We do not post that information on the district Website. Different schools have different approaches to instruction; therefore, the supplies needed may vary. You should be able to find a supply list on the school website.  Supply lists can also be found on the Back-to-School Guide, posted at the beginning of each school year www.btsg.ccs.k12.nc.us . If you have trouble finding what you need, contact your school office.

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  • Q21. Answer: You should call the school office. An administrator should be on campus and available by phone until the last scheduled stop is made by all buses. 

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Published by Laurie Pender on July 12, 2016
        
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