The CMS Board met at 6:25 pm in room 267 of the government center on May 27th, 2014. All board members were present except District 5 Representative Eric Davis.
District 3 Representative Joyce Waddell pulled one item from the consent agenda. This item involves Newell Elementary. Waddell had heard that the parking lot for Newell and for Rocky River are adjoining. Guy Chamberlain explained that really the parking lots for Rocky River and Newell are not close at all. There is one mile between the two parking lots. Eventually, the entire consent agenda was approved 8-0.
Dr. Morrison introduced two new principals. Lavenda Denien is the new principal at Idlewild Elementary School. Jamie Tecza is the new principal at University Park Elementary.
The board voted to approve the new revisions to Policy KF: Community Use of Facilities. This brings more guidance and clarity on the fee structure and who is allowed to use CMS facilities. The board voted to approve this new revision on KF by a vote of 8-0.
Dr. Morrison intruduced Marie Slusser who gave the Presentation on the new main Calendar for 2015-2016. Slusser worked with the Calendar Committee to come up with two alternative calendars. There are now six makeup days built into this new calendar. Calendar option B did not have a full two weeks at Christmas and this is important to the public. The public selected calendar option A. Calendar option A does have a full two weeks at Christmas. The board voted to adopt calendar A by a vote of 8-0.
Kelly Gwaltney and a team of others gave the Presentation on Strategic Plan 2018. This part of the Strategic Plan concentrates on Goals 1, 2 and 6. Valda Valbrun, Jill Thompson, Kay Hall, Akeisha Craven-Howell, Terri Cockerham and Shauna Bell all helped with this presentation. One goal of this strategic plan is to ensure teachers voices are being better heard in CMS. Another point is to ensure teachers are getting the proper professional developmental choices.
The North-East Zone and the West Zone are both gaining one new zone superintedent each. District 1 Representative Rhonda Lennon noted that the North Zone is not gaining a new zone superintendent. Lennon is very concerned that there are six overcrowded schools in the North Zone. Lennon hopes that soon there will be another zone superintedent in the North Zone.
Cindi Hobbs gave the presentation on Child Nutrition. Child Nutrition continues to make money instead of cost money. In addition to adding a new breakfast program, a second new program is soon to start. CMS will soon start feeding students supper.
In 2012-2013, CMS served 14.3 million lunches to the students and staff of CMS. The total income for Child Nutrition for 2012-2013 was $64.847 million. The fund balance for Child Nutrition is $23,961,782 as of June 2012. Recently, CMS had too much in the fund balance and they purchased some new items. These new items include: equipment, uniforms, POS systems and computers. CMS now has 20% more students eating breakfast than when this new program started. One of the main goals of Child Nutrition is to feed all of the CMS students while they are at school. CMS has always fed all of the K-8 students, irregardless of whether or not they had money to pay for their meals.
Vice-Chairman Tim Morgan asked Hobbs if she anticipates a federal universal lunch program starting before she retires. Cindi Hobbs stated that the universal lunch program will happen but not before she retires. Morgan also thanked all of the Child Nutrition staff for their continuing excellent sanitation scores from Mecklenburg County. CMS Schools average a score of 99%. Morgan stressed that he is so proud of these ongoing high scores from all of the cafeterias and mobile food carts in CMS. Morgan stated that he wants to give a big thank you to all of the hard working staff for this accomplishment.
Frank Barnes and Lindsay Messenger gave the presentation on the Office of Accountability. CMS is proud of its ongoing relationships with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte(UNCC) and the University of South Carolina(USC). The Office of Accountability did a survey on Bright Beginnings partnership with UNCC. Several of the reports from this office will occur in the Fall of 2014.
The next regular board meeting will be at 6:00 pm on June 10th, 2014 at the government center. The government center is located at 600 East Fourth Street, Charlotte, North Carolina.