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School board discusses budget priorities for fiscal 2022-23

The Cumberland County Board of Education on Tuesday morning discussed budget priorities for fiscal 2022-23, including a proposal of a minimum starting salary of $50,000 a year for teachers and a minimum wage beginning at $15 an hour for bus drivers and other staff.

Hard work paid off for Fayetteville State chancellor

Fayetteville State University Chancellor Darrell Allison says had he not gotten a scholarship to N.C. Central University in Durham and a paid internship, chances are he would have returned home and been forced to work in the Kannapolis textile mills like his family before him.

Fryer takes on role on national home builders council Natalie Fryer, the executive officer for the Home Builders Association of Fayetteville, was sworn in Feb. 9 as secretary for the Executive …

FSU gives all-clear after bomb threat prompts evacuation

Fayetteville State University gave an all-clear update Wednesday afternoon after a bomb threat earlier in the day prompted an evacuation and the cancellation of classes.

Dr. Jennifer Green grew silent, her emotions no longer held in check as her eyes welled with tears. The director of the Cumberland County Department of Public Health had been asked by a reporter how difficult it has been making decisions and recommendations during the pandemic with potential lives on the line in the community.

Masks to be optional for Cumberland schools starting Feb. 16

The Cumberland County Board of Education on Tuesday voted 5-4 to make face masks optional in schools starting Feb. 16. Until Tuesday’s vote, masks had been mandatory inside schools. The board is required by state law to vote on the mask policy each month. 

Longtime football Coach Bob Paroli dies at 91

Bob Paroli, who built a football coaching legacy in Cumberland County and the state that set him apart from most of his peers, died Monday.  He was 91.   A veteran of 55 years as a head coach, Coach Paroli spent much of his career in Cumberland County, leading Douglas Byrd High School to dominance of county football in the 1990s and finally winning an elusive state title after moving to nearby Seventy-First High School at the end of his career. 

Fayetteville State University has announced a scholarship that honors FTCC President Larry Keen. The scholarship, called the FTCC Keen Scholarship, will provide two years of free tuition at FSU to qualified Fayetteville Technical Community College students who earn an associate degree at the community college, FTCC said in a news release. 

Ike Walker Jr. doesn’t count his coaching victories. He counts the athletes who helped him along the way in achieving 300 coaching triumphs over 22 seasons at Jack Britt High School.

The Auxiliary Committee of the Cumberland County Board of Education on Tuesday discussed feedback from the student reassignment public forums that were held last week and expressed concern that it has received little response from parents or the community.

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