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School board discusses test scores, approves land transfers at Tuesday meeting

Teachers, schools recognized for positive behavior intervention


The Cumberland County Board of Education met Tuesday for its first monthly meeting since the 2022-23 school year began on Aug. 28 for students. Here is what was discussed: 

Land sales and surplus property

The board unanimously approved giving two surplus parcels to the county to build a homeless shelter. The property is next to a Fayetteville Technical Community College education center at 225 B St. 

The school board also approved the sale of a right of way adjoining C. Wayne Collier Elementary to the N.C. Dept. of Transportation. The land, located on Rockfish Road, will be sold to DOT for $95,000.  

Another plot at Jack Britt High School on Waldo’s Beach Road will be sold to DOT for $3,650 for drainage easement. 

Positive behavior intervention and support awards

Superintendent Marvin Connelly Jr. recognized teachers and schools as winners of the 2022-23 positive behavior intervention and school climate awards. Positive behavior intervention and support is a systematic approach to enhancing schools’ capacities to educate kids by developing research-based, schoolwide and classroom behavior support systems, according to the CCS website. 

The awards given:

  • Teacher: Patricia Brown, 5th grade teacher at Gallberry Farm Elementary School. 
  • Principal: Ayanna Richard, Howard Learning Academy. 
  • School: Lewis Chapel Middle School.
  • Community and parent involvement: Lewis Chapel Middle School. 
  • Coach of the year: Tareva Johnson, Lewis Chapel Middle School.

Consent agenda adoption

The school board unanimously adopted its consent agenda, approving funding for tutoring services for students in grades 3 through 12 at a cost of just under $2 million. Board members also approved a stipend of $300 for all beginning teachers to help supply their classrooms. 

The board approved a renewal of disability support services for disabled students such as ASL interpreters, visual aids, and vocational rehabilitation services. These services will cost $775,800 and serve about 318 students. 

Curriculum committee report

The curriculum committee gave an in-depth report about the recent N.C. Dept. of Public Instruction test scores and school grades released to the public last week. Performance grades, graduation rates and proficiency scores were discussed in depth. 

At this time, Cumberland County is not considered a low-performing district, despite 27 schools being on the list. Kimberly Nash, executive director of data and accountability for the district, said that despite the pandemic, Cumberland County schools are moving in the right direction. 

Other business

Michael and Sharon Brushett were recognized with an award for donating a warehouse full of new school uniforms.

The board ended the meeting with a closed session to discuss personnel. 

Contact Char Morrison at cmorrison@cityviewnc.com. 

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