Cumberland County Schools
Where the Choice is Yours
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
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.
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.
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
Other Local Capital Outlay
$17,443,517 $71,157,293 Supporting Services $9,730,405
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.
• 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)
48,300 Guilford Wake
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%
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
than the state average and lower than the drop out rates of the
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.
7,000 Forsyth/Winston Forsyth/Winston
6,500 State Average
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
2001 2003 2006 2001 2003 2006
English I Algebra I
35 35 Wake
30 30 Guilford
10 10 Durham
5 State 5 State
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
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
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
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.
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
For more information about the Cumberland County Schools, go to www.ccs.k12.nc.us.
For more information about North Carolina schools and their performance, go to www.ncreportcards.org.
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