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					Cumberland County Schools
      Where the Choice is Yours

            Annual Report
                                                                     On August 25, more than 4,200
                                                                     Kindergarten students began their
                                                                     formal educational journey with the
                                                                     Cumberland County Schools (CCS).
                                                                     On this same day, nearly 5,000
                                                                     Freshmen began their high school
                                                                     experience in the CCS.

                                                                     No where else are the choices
                                                                     so great.

                                                                     Whether the choice is a Montessori
                                                                     curriculum, an academy within a
                                                                     comprehensive high school, or a
                                                                     school with a focus on the arts (to
                                                                     mention but a few), students will
                                                                     leave the CCS prepared and ready
                                                                     for the next step of their lives.

great beginnings
Award Winners
  Ben Martin Elementary School was named, for a            Dave Crane, a Technology Education teacher at
  second time, as an Accelerated Schools Plus National     Jack Britt High School was presented the first N.C.
  Demonstration Site. There are only four in the nation.   Technology Education Association (NCTEA)
                                                           President’s Citation Award.
  Eastover-Central Elementary School received a
  National Title I Distinguished School Award for          Dominic Tyrrell, a fourth-grade teacher from Ireland
  Exceptional Student Performance from the N.C.            at Warrenwood Elementary School, was named the
  Department of Public Instruction.                        Visiting International Faculty (VIF) Program’s N.C.
                                                           Cultural Educator of the Year.
  Pine Forest Middle School was recognized as a N.C.
  School to Watch. Schools to Watch is a program that      The CC College Tech Prep Partnership (made up of
  identifies middle schools across the country that are    the CCS, FTCC, and local businesses) was awarded
  exceeding a set of strict criteria for excellence.       N.C. Grimsley, James, Stogner, College Tech Prep
                                                           Gold Awards for: Overall Excellence and Excellence
  Ramsey Street Middle and High schools received the       in Partnership.
  2006 N.C. Association of Alternative Educators
  (NCAAE) State School of Promise Award.                   The CCS’ 2005–2006 Annual Report received a Blue
                                                           Ribbon Award for Effective Communications from
  Jack Britt High School received the Real D.E.A.L.        the N.C. School Public Relations Association
  Schools Award from Gov. Mike Easley, which promotes      (NCSPRA).
  “Dedicated Educators, Administrators and Learners.”
  Jack Britt was honored as N.C.’s only comprehensive      In recognition of outstanding employee support, the
  high school to receive a governor’s award recognizing    United Way of Cumberland County presented the
  teacher working conditions as a key ingredient to        CCS with the Campaign Chairman’s Award. Led by
  student success.                                         Renee Jackson (principal of Raleigh Road
                                                           Elementary), and Cal Violettte (principal of Gray’s
  District 7 Elementary, Eastover–Central Elementary,      Creek Elementary), the CCS raised more than
  Seventy–First Classical Middle, and Cross Creek Early    $287,367 in employee contributions. For the past
  College High received School of Excellence banners       three years the CCS has increased the amount
  from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.          raised through the employee campaign by at least
                                                           $20,000 each year and has had a consistent
  CCS’ Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Teacher    participation rate of at least 80 percent.
  of the Year, Patti Hooker, was named N.C. AIG Teacher
  of the Year.
      VISION: We will become the school system of choice, where parents seek to send their children
                                     and students want to come.

       MISSION: All schools will be safe and caring and student achievement will continually increase
                                   with no differences among subgroups.

                                 A Message From The Superintendent
                          This school year has been a great opportunity for us to evaluate programs, assess performance, and
                          plan for the future. Thorough review of one’s work is a valuable effort, in that the knowledge gained
                          serves as a guide to the future.

                          This year has been very rewarding. We opened 21 schools under new leadership. Losing experienced
                          principals is difficult, but those who are beginning a new career or moving to a new school bring an
                          excitement and enthusiasm to the school that is contagious. Our technological capabilities have become
                          more advanced and integral in directing instruction. Our student achievement has followed that steady
                          path of positive growth.

                      The challenges of No Child Left Behind, high school reform, and facilities, have been part of our lives;
however, these have made us think creatively and strive to do things better.

With this as our reality, it is more important than ever that we keep our eye on the future. Advancements in technology enable us
be discovered in order to solve problems that do not exist with technology that has yet to be invented.

Rather than face the future with fear, I face it with great hope. As I visit schools daily, I see bright, inquisitive students taught by
intelligent, up-to-date professionals. Our employees, who are some of the best and brightest in the country, use methods and
strategies that are engaging and innovative. The curricula are more rigorous than ever before. In short, the Cumberland County
Schools is moving away from the traditional classroom to become a threshold to the future.

community. Together we will prepare the students, who come through our doors everyday, to be the solid citizens who will sustain
communities, lead change, and improve our quality of life.

Bill Harrison
CCS Superintendent
                                                        As we see our community, we see our schools – building
                                                        bridges, sharing cultures, and strengthening understanding.

                                                        There are 84 different native languages spoken by students
                                                        in the Cumberland County Schools (CCS), with English,
                                                        Spanish, German, Korean, and Vietnamese as the top five.

                                                        The CCS offers to a diverse population, choices that
                                                        address student interests, learning styles, and individual
                                                        plans for the future.

                                        Operating Budget – 375.4 million
                               Local: $71,157,293 State: $245,706,763 Federal: $41,122,489
                        Sources                                                                          Expenditures

                     Other                Local                                                         Capital Outlay
                   $17,443,517          $71,157,293                        Supporting Services           $9,730,405

   State                                                                                                                          Instructional
$245,706,763                                                                                                                     $279,368,410

Supporting Services includes school administration, maintenance, child nutrition, technology, finance, human resources, clerical, insurance, and
other administrative expenses. The CCS has received over $5 million in competitive grants which is reflected in the Other sources category.
                                                      District Profile
                   • 78th largest school district in the USA out of 14,470 • 4th largest school district in N.C.
                             • Second largest employer in Cumberland County (behind the military)

                                                                 68,722               128,070
                                        48,300                  Guilford               Wake
                                       Forsyth/                             31,981
                                     Winston Salem

Facilities                                                                 Employees (Full Time)                   6,713
Elementary Schools                       54                                Certified Teachers                      3,456
Middle Schools                           15                                Student Support Staff                   1,595
High Schools                             13                                Administration/Central Support          1,662
Year-Round Classical Schools              1
Evening Academy                           1                                Transportation
Web Academy                               1                                Total Number of Buses                      502
Special Schools                           3                                Students Transported Daily              25,764
Total Number of Schools                  88                                Miles Traveled Daily                    25,894
                                                                           Number of Runs                           1,568
Student Enrollment                       53,912
Pre-K Students                              834                            Food Services
Elementary School Students               24,516                            Breakfasts Served Daily                 14,899
Middle School Students                   12,157                            Lunches Served Daily                    45,737
High School Students                     16,405
                                                                           Students Receiving Free or
Students                                                                   Reduced Lunch Rate                      55.45%
African American                         47.67%
Asian                                     1.71%                            Drop Out Rate                            2.51%
Hispanic                                  6.74%
                                                                       In comparing drop out rates with systems of similar size in the
Native American                           1.85%
                                                                       area, the CCS shows progress. The CCS’ drop out rate is lower
White                                    37.72%
                                                                       than the state average and lower than the drop out rates of the
Other                                     4.31%
                                                                       five N.C. counties with which it benchmarks. Although the CCS
                                                                       can be proud of its achievement in this area, the system holds
Federally Connected Students      16,494 (31%)
                                                                       fast to its belief that one drop out is one too many. The CCS is
                                                                       working hard to introduce innovative programs and methods to
Per Pupil Expenditure                    $7,039
                                                                       improve student engagement.
8,500                                                                        4
                                               Charlotte/Meck              3.5
8,000                                                                                                                       Wake
                                               Wake                          3
                                               Guilford                    2.5
                                               Cumberland                                                                   Cumberland
7,000                                          Forsyth/Winston                                                              Forsyth/Winston
                                               Durham                                                                       Durham
6,500                                                                                                                       State Average
                                               State Average
6,000                                                                        0
                                                                                     2001        2003       2006
The students of the CCS compete with students around the world for college admission and scholarships. In addition, the CCS
recruits internationally for teachers. The CCS benchmarks itself with five major districts in N.C.

                              Percentage of Schools That Met AYP
     80                                                                      Per criteria established by the U.S. Department
     70                                                                      of Education (USDOE), through No Child Left
                                                         Charlotte/Meck      Behind (NCLB), the CCS has consistently
     60                                                                      been a leader in meeting Adequate Yearly
     50                                                                      Progress (AYP).
            2003     2004      2005       2006

                     Reducing the Achievement Gap – A Comparison
As defined by the USDOE, the achievement gap is a comparison of proficiency between African American and White students.
Through innovative strategies and the guidance of the Achievement Gap Task Force, the CCS is working diligently to reduce
the achievement gap.

                   Reading Grades 3–8                                                  Math Grades 3–8

45                                                              45
40                                                              40
                                              Charlotte/Meck                                                     Charlotte/Meck
35                                                              35
                                              Wake                                                               Wake
30                                                              30
                                              Guilford                                                           Guilford
25                                                              25
                                              Cumberland                                                         Cumberland
20                                                              20
                                              Forsyth/Winston                                                    Forsyth/Winston
15                                                              15
                                              Durham                                                             Durham
10                                                              10
                                              State                                                              State
 5                                                               5
 0                                                               0
          2001       2003        2006                                     2001        2003          2006

                         English I                                                        Algebra I

45                                                                  45
40                                           Charlotte/Meck
                                                                    40                                          Charlotte/Meck
35                                                                  35                                          Wake
30                                                                  30                                          Guilford
25                                                                  25
                                             Cumberland                                                         Cumberland
20                                                                  20
                                             Forsyth/Winston                                                    Forsyth/Winston
15                                                                  15
10                                                                  10                                          Durham

 5                                           State                   5                                          State
 0                                                                   0
          2001       2003        2006                                     2001        2003        2006
      The CCS is dedicated to bringing in new resources                  “Seeing the community come together to
      to serve students and staff. Over $5 million has been              celebrate literacy is very rewarding. While the
      allocated to the CCS through competitive grant                     money is important, I believe the positive
      programs this year. The largest grant awards come                  atmosphere generated by the event is even
      from state and federal government funding sources.                 more valuable.”
      Local nonprofits such as the Partnership for Children,
      Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County,                    Bill Harrison
      Youth Growth Stock Trust, Armed Forces                             CCS Superintendent
      Communications and Electronics Association,
      Florence Rogers Charitable Trust, Junior League of                Some other projects of the CCEF include:
      Fayetteville, and the Cumberland County Education
      Foundation also support many grant programs for                   • Communities In Schools (CIS), a nationally
      schools. Other large nonprofit funders include the Bill             recognized program that connects community
      and Melinda Gates Foundation, Stupski Foundation,                   resources with students to help them successfully
      and North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust.                       learn, stay in school and prepare for life
      Eaton Corporation, Cargill, Wal-Mart and Purolator                • $25,000 in mini-grants awarded to teachers to
      are local businesses that provide large contributions               develop innovative classroom programs
      to schools through grant programs each year.                      • Excellence in Schools grant program to increase
                                                                          access to music and other enrichment programs
  The Education Foundation                                                at 10 low wealth elementary schools
                                                                        • The Academy of Scholars, which helps prepare
                                                                          outstanding seniors to obtain scholarships to
                                                                          prestigious colleges and universities

                                                                         “As a military family and parent, I am pleased with
                                                                         our experience and the education my children are
                                                                         receiving in the CCS. As Director of the Education
                                                                         Foundation, I am impressed with the dedication,
                                                                         planning and effort put forth by the teachers and
                                                                         administrators of the CCS to provide all children
                                                                         in our community with a quality education. Our
                                                                         community is unique in its diversity and the CCS
                                                                         embraces that diversity, and offers a wide array of
                                                                         programs to meet students’ needs. Fayetteville is
                                                                         our permanent home now and I am confident that
      In partnership with the Cumberland County Education                we are in the right school system and the right
      Foundation (CCEF), the CCS sponsored the third                     community!”
      annual Reading Rocks! walk-a-thon. On November 14,
      approximately 10,000 people participated in a walk for             Cindy Kowal

      literacy, raising more than $119,000. Funds from the               Executive Director
      effort were used to purchase books for the benefit of              Cumberland County Education Foundation
      students in the CCS.

“Military children are loved and nurtured by the Cumberland County Schools (CCS). The partnership between Fort Bragg and the
CCS was recognized as one of the three best in the entire Department of Defense by the Military Child Education Coalition. Dr.
Bill Harrison, the Superintendent of the CCS, was one of a select group of school leaders who worked directly with the Chief of
Staff of the Army to draft the first agreements signed by 10 school systems on a mutual support system with local Garrisons to
help the successful transition and education of military children. He continues to be a strong advocate for the partnership with
other school systems serving military children. Military parents are fortunate to have such a strong advocate.

The Schools of Choice Program in the CCS is a first class program. Our daughter, Jennifer, attended the School of the Arts located
at Seventy First High School where she was encouraged to excel in her chosen love of theatre. The diversity of excellent programs
available allows parents and children a true choice in achieving their dreams.”

Brigadier General Al Aycock
Safety Initiatives                                            Creating Great Classrooms
  In order to solicit feedback and address concerns of          The district participated in the fourth year of the
  parents, Safety Forums were held in each attendance           Creating Great Classrooms (CGC) model.
  area across the district. As a result:
  • Additional School Resource Officers (SROs) were             Regarded by some educational professionals as one
    hired – 3 dedicated solely to elementary schools            of the best classroom delivery models in the country,
  • Closed-circuit cameras and proximity/identification         the locally developed CGC focused this year on
    card electronic door locks were installed in all            examining student work – the evidence that the
    elementary schools                                          characteristics and strategies of CGC are being
  • Information sessions conducted for parents on               applied inside all of the CCS’ classrooms. The
    electronic social interactive Web sites and gang            initiative has made the move from a focus on the
    awareness                                                   work of the teachers to a focus on the work of the
  • Comprehensive training for Rapid Responder                  students to emphasize the teaching-learning
       Rapid Responder is a secure, graphically based           connection.
       database that contains more than 300 data points
       about each specific school building. Information          “‘Creating and Applying Great Classroom
       stored in the database includes emergency                 Strategies’ is the type of initiative that makes the
       response plans for the school system, the local           Cumberland County Schools an educational leader
       police department, the city and county fire               in North Carolina.”
       departments, and other first responders. If disaster
       strikes in the CCS, the plan for assessing the            Dr. Debbie Harris Rollins, former state coordinator
       situation and providing the proper emergency              of Professional Learning at the N.C. Department of
       response has already been formulated.                     Public Instruction

Technology                                                    Professional Development
  • Student grades and attendance made available to
                                                                This year, 3,969 CCS’ employees successfully
    parents via the Internet
                                                                completed more than 470 professional development
  • Board of Education meetings now paperless
                                                                classes. The number of offerings represents an
  • Smart boards, cameras, scanners, LCD projectors,
                                                                increase of 42 percent over last year. Non-lateral
    etc., provided to every school
                                                                teachers new to the profession and/or new to the CCS
                                                                successfully completed 33 classes of Creating Great
Literacy Framework                                              Classrooms, which represents approximately 400
                                                                teachers. The CCS opened its professional
  The CCS now has literacy coaches in all 54 elementary         development offerings to school system employees in
  schools. Schools spend 90 minutes each day with               surrounding counties at a nominal fee.
  children on specialized reading instruction.
“The Douglas Byrd Finance Academy provided our daughters an important practical foundation in business and finance. They
gained invaluable experience in finance while following a college preparatory curriculum. As a senior, our eldest daughter took
several finance courses at FTCC and received high school elective, as well as, college credits. She also participated in an
internship that provided her with an excellent opportunity to work in a professional environment. As parents, we believe that
financial literacy is an essential life skill. In addition, it is a skill that can be utilized in almost any career field. Our daughters will
not only graduate high school well prepared to enter college, but they have gained invaluable life skills in finance and business.”

Rodney and Linda Anderson, Fort Bragg

Parent University                                                       Selected from more than 3,500 teachers, and 88 principals,
                                                                        the CCS salutes Alison Thetford and Sylvia Wilkins for
   Parents, school administrators, and faith leaders                    excellence in their professions.
   participated in dialogue sessions with a focus on
   collaborating to impact the success of students.                                                           “Teachers, above all others,
   During the meetings, a parent representative from                                                          influenced me to be the best I
   each school in each attendance area had an                                                                 could be. I knew that the next
   opportunity to meet with the CCS superintendent.                                                           step was to ‘give back.’ The
                                                                                                              influence of a teacher can make
     “Parent dialogue sessions are a great opportunity for                                                    a difference for years after the
     me to listen and learn as parents ask questions, share                                                   last bell has sounded. I feel my
     concerns, and provide feedback on the important work                                                     greatest contribution is to teach
     that goes on in our schools each day. They really set                                                    not only the subject matter, but
     the agenda for the session.”                                                                             to train my students to believe
                                                                                                              in themselves.”
     Bill Harrison
     CCS Superintendent                                                                                       Alison Thetford, Cross Creek
                                                                                                              Early College High School,
   The sessions also provided an opportunity for leaders of                                                   CCS Teacher of the Year
   the faith community to meet with area school administra-
   tors to discuss ways to strengthen the partnership with
   faith-based groups in support of the students in the CCS.             “While our time on this earth is
                                                                         short, I hope that the legacy I
     “Faith-based groups are willing and have the capacity               leave will be that I was part of a
     to work collaboratively with schools to help meet the               change process within public
     needs of all students.”                                             education that ensured that all
                                                                         children are empowered with a
     Mary Owens, former school administrator, Fayetteville               sound education that will help
     Cumberland Ministerial Council representative                       them make their dreams come
                                                                         true. This, I hope, will be the
                                                                         contribution I make to the
Human Resources                                                          children I serve.”

    Averaging 400 new hires a year, the CCS participated in              Sylvia Wilkins, District 7
    91 Job Fairs. Among the CCS’ 3,456 certified teachers,               Elementary School,

    there are 45 Visiting International Faculty, and 196                 CCS Principal of the Year
    National Board Certified Teachers.

        In the Cumberland County Schools (CCS), students can prepare for the ever-changing world.
        Home of the Web Academy, which offers more than 85 on-line courses taught by highly
        qualified instructors, the CCS has earned a reputation as an innovative school district.

        Cross Creek Early College High School, Howard Health and Life Sciences High School,
        freshman academies, academic and career academies: All are examples of innovative
        programs that students in the CCS consider business as usual.
Great Accomplishments                                      Graduates (Class of 2006)
  Samantha Hope Burchett, a student at District 7            Total Number of Graduates
  Elementary, received first-place honors in her age         Diploma Graduates                          3,265
  category in the National School Bus Safety Poster          Certificate Recipients                        99
                                                             Students Continuing Education              2,712
  Halle Vargas-Sullivan, a student at Loyd Auman             Students Entering the Military               220
  Elementary, was chosen to perform as Nala in The
  Lion King on Broadway in New York City, NY, from           Military Academy Appointments                 6
  Feb. 28 – Aug. 28.
                                                             Students awarded military scholarships
  A portrait of an orphaned child in Mexico, painted by      to attend the university of their choice     64
  Liz Kennedy, a senior at South View High School, was
  chosen from 1,000 entrants to be a part of a gallery       Total amount of scholarship dollars awarded
  exhibit in Washington, DC. From there her work will be     (academic, athletic, and military): $28,856,100
  displayed throughout the U.S. as a part of a promo-
  tional tour for The Memory Project.                        Seven graduates of the CCS were honored by Gov. Mike
                                                             Easley as recipients of the Governor’s Student Excellence
  The South View High School Girls Basketball Team           Award. The award recognizes the accomplishments or
  played a perfect season and won the 4-A NCHSAA             significant contributions of young people throughout N.C.
  Championship.                                              in academics, community service, and extracurricular

                Approximately 3,300 graduates of the Cumberland County Schools’ Class of 2006
                were offered more than $28 million in awards and scholarships to attend:
                Appalachian, Baylor, Boston, Brandeis, Campbell, Clemson, Columbia, Davidson,
                Duke, ECU, Emerson, FSU, GA State, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Johnson & Wales,
                Meredith College, Methodist University, MIT, NC A&T, NC Central, NC State, NYU,
                Northwestern, Ohio State, Texas A&M, The Citadel, Tulane, U of FL, U of Miami,
                U of TN, UCLA, UNC-C, UNC-CH, UNC-G, UNC-P, UNC-W, US Air Force Academy,
                US Naval Academy, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Point, William & Mary, and
                many more.
                                 Cumberland County Board of Education

                               “As society becomes more complex and the expectations for success become more advanced,
                               education is undeniably the key to one's future. The Cumberland County Board of Education
                               takes very seriously its role of developing policies and supporting initiatives that will afford a
                               quality education for all students and prepare them to advance to the next level – in higher
                               education, in the military, or in the business world – with the skills needed to be successful."

                               Frank Barragan, Chair, CC Board of Education

Frank Barragan
District 3
213 Thorncliff Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28303

Larry Lancaster                    Kim Fisher                         Greg West                         Mac Williams
Vice Chair                         At Large                           At Large                          At Large
District 4                         2119 Woods End Drive               506 Charleston Place              1705 Rockhill Road
2602 Dartmouth Drive               Fayetteville, NC 28312             Fayetteville, NC 28303            Fayetteville, NC 28312
Fayetteville, NC 28304             910.484.2333                       910.486.5292                      910.483.1694

Helen Farrior                      Donald LaHuffman                   Mary Emily Royal                   Macky Hall
District 1                         District 2                         District 5                         District 6
1707 Eldridge Street               616 McAlphin Drive                 P.O. Box 26                        5420 McRae Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301             Fayetteville, NC 28301             Godwin, NC 28344                   Hope Mills, NC 28348
910.488.2975                       910.488.7391                       910.980.1793                       910.424.4375

The Cumberland County Board of Education welcomes comments from the public and provides numerous opportunities for citizens
to voice their opinions on issues that affect public education. Persons who wish to publicly speak to the full Board may do so at
the regularly scheduled meeting on the second Tuesday of each month. A public comments session is held at the beginning of each
meeting at 6:30p.m. Citizens may also choose to attend various Board committee meetings during which Board committees receive
information and consider agenda items for recommendation to the full Board. Board committees are as follows: Curriculum,
Personnel, Student Services/Activities, Budget/Finance, Policy/Student Assignment, and Facilities/Transportation/Cafeteria.

Above all else, the CC Board of Education serves our community. In assuming responsibility for the entire school district, these
elected officials act in all measures, in the best interest of the children of the CCS. The “Contact” link on the Board Web site is in
place to ensure that the Board is available to receive input from its constituents at all times. Feel free to contact any Board member
in person or by writing, on any subject related to the CCS or public education in general.
                                        Contact Numbers
                                        Central Services 910.678.2300

Arts Education                        910.678.2622         Federal Programs                       910.678.2637
Assessment and Testing                910.829.4706         Governed Choice Programs               910.678.2303
Athletic Department                   910.678.2445         Healthful Living                       910.678.2406
CC Education Foundation               910.221.8800         Human Resources                        910.678.2629
Career and Technical Education        910.678.2442         Indian Education                       910.678.2462
Child Nutrition                       910.678.2502         Media Services                         910.678.2613
Communications                        910.678.2303         Prime Time                             910.678.2451
Counseling                            910.678.2402         Safety/Security                        910.678.2488
Driver’s Education                    910.678.2526         School Social Work                     910.678.2621
Elementary Education                  910.678.2417         Secondary Education                    910.678.2420
English as a Second Language          910.484.1176         Student Assignment Office              910.678.2616
Exceptional Children                  910.678.2440         Transportation                         910.678.2580

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