By Heather Mullinix
The Career and Technical Education program of Cumberland County Schools passed an in-depth audit of its performance, Director Wendell Wilson told the Cumberland County Board of Education at its Jan. 23 meeting.
The risk-based monitoring audit ensures programs are achieving the goals set and that federal funds are used in compliance with laws and regulations. Cumberland County was named a level one, minimum risk system, with no further actions necessary on the part of the school system.
"The spent two days looking at everything," Wilson explained. The audit assigns points for areas that are deemed risk factors, such as a bookkeeper with less than three years' experience. The lower the score, the lower the risk. Cumberland County scored an eight.
"This is a credit to our teachers and staff," Wilson said. "They go above and beyond every day."
The board reviewed the agenda for its Feb. 15 work session, where it will take a close look at how well it works with the director of schools and with each other. Also, the board will review the school system's strategic plan currently being drafted.
Rebecca Wood, assistant director of curriculum instruction and accountability, will lead the workshop that will also count as some continuing education for the board members. The work session begins at 8 a.m. at the Central Services office on 4th St.
In other action, the board approved a budget amendment moving funds in order to pay for speech pathology contracted services. Special Education Supervisor Keena Inman explained the department had experienced staffing changes and did not need $29,656 budgeted for a staff speech pathologist. Those funds were needed, instead, in contracted services as a contractor is handling that hard-to-fill position. In addition, the contractor is helping with billing and providing online speech therapy at two schools. Also moved was $5,000 from other supplies and materials to staff development.
Josh Stone, 4th District representative, moved to approve the budget change, supported by Richard Janeway, 2nd District representative. The motion was unanimously approved.
The board also approved bid specifications for tile replacement at schools. The replacement is done on a rotating basis according to a schedule, but Chief Financial Officer Bob Scarbrough explained the bids were done by school to allow for flexibility if an emergency arises and portions of the project needed to be deferred. David Bowman, 7th District representative, moved to approve, supported by Janeway. The motion was unanimously approved.
It was also reported that tile replacement at Pine View Elementary scheduled over the winter break had been completed.
The board also approved the first reading of changes to the complaint policy, including changes in the time period allowed for each step of the process and requiring a copy of the policy be provided every parent making a complaint. The policy was unanimously approved on the recommendation of the policy committee.
Second and final reading of policy changes to insurance management; student discrimination, harassment and bullying, intimidation; and prevention and treatment of sports-realted concussions was approved. The changes reflect changes to state law and updated requirements for training.