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Cumberland County Schools, North Carolina

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Cumberland County Schools
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Cumberland County Schools.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Frank Till
Enrollment:53,053 students
Graduation rate:81.2%[1]
Number of schools:88
Budget: $398.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Greg West
Board members:9
Term length:4
Cumberland County Schools is a school district in North Carolina that served 53,053 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the fifth-largest school district by enrollment in the state of North Carolina.

About the district

Cumberland County Schools is located in Cumberland County, North Carolina
Cumberland County Schools is located in Cumberland County, North Carolina. The county seat of Cumberland County is Bridgeton. Cumberland County is home to 325,871 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Cumberland County underperformed in comparison to the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 22.4 percent of Cumberland County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.8 percent for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Cumberland County was $45,413 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Cumberland County was 16.8 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Cumberland County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 53.6 71.7
Black or African American 37.4 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.7 1.6
Asian 2.6 2.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.1
Two or More Races 4.3 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 10.7 8.9

Cumberland County Party Affiliation, 2014[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 47,844 23.7
Democratic 101,925 50.0
Libertarian 719 0.4
Unaffiliated 51,166 25.4

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The superintendent of Cumberland County Schools is Dr. Frank Till. Hired by the school board in June 2009, his contract was renewed in 2014, extending it through 2018. He receives a salary of $237,820 per year.[7] Till previously served as superintendent of Broward County Public Schools in Florida from 1999 to 2006 and lead the Boys & Girls Clubs in Broward County from 2007 to 2009. He was named administrator of the year by the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities in 2014.[8][9]

School board

Cumberland County schools are overseen by a nine-member board elected to four-year terms. Six members are elected by geographical electoral districts and three members are elected at-large.[10]

Cumberland County School Board
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Greg West At-large 2002 2018
Kim Fisher At-large 2004 2014
Michael Boose At-large 1996 2014
Alicia Chisolm 1 2008 2016
James A. McLauchlin 2 2008 2016
Carrie Sutton 3 2008 2016
Larry Lancaster 4 1998 2016
Susan Williams 5 2012 2016
Macky Hall 6 1990 2016

School board elections

See also: Cumberland County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Cumberland County school board are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held every even-numbered year. Three seats were up for election in 2014 and six seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Cumberland County school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

Policy Code: 2310 Public Participation At Board Meetings

Board meetings are conducted for the purpose of carrying on the official business of the school system. The public is cordially invited to attend board meetings to observe the board as it conducts its official business.

The board of education, as an elected representative body of the school system, also wishes to provide a forum for citizens to express interests and concerns related to the school system. In order that the board may conduct an orderly meeting while providing an opportunity for input, individuals or groups may be heard by the board in accordance with this policy or subsection D.2 of policy 2300, Board Meetings, which addresses public hearings.


In order that the board may fairly and adequately discharge its overall responsibility, citizens desiring an item to be placed on the agenda for a specific board meeting should direct written requests to the superintendent at least ten (10) working days prior to the meeting.

The request should include:

1. the name and address of the person or persons making the request;

2. the organization or group, if any, represented and spokesperson’s name; and

3. a brief explanation of the nature of the item and approximate of amount of meeting time required. Questions and/or materials to be presented to the board are to be submitted along with the request. Additional items may be added to the agenda by the board on a two-thirds vote of the board members.

The superintendent shall confer with the chairperson of the board concerning whether to approve placing the requested item on the agenda and to determine the appropriate meeting for such discussion. The superintendent, with the consent of the board chairperson, will accept or deny a request for inclusion on the agenda for any reason determined appropriate by the superintendent and chairperson.

The superintendent shall notify the requesting party of the response to the request. The board may, by majority vote and notwithstanding prior denial by the superintendent, consent to hear a presentation when the appeal to speak is made immediately prior to or during the course of the meeting. The superintendent shall explain any other processes available for addressing the concerns. (See section C, Reports of Complaints, below.)

The chairperson shall establish the amount of time for individual or group presentations.


Each month, a part of at least one regularly scheduled board meeting will be set aside for citizens to address the board through public comment. A sign-up sheet will be available for any individual or group to indicate their desire to address the board. Any individual or spokesperson for any group who wishes to address the board during the public comment portion of a regular meeting shall provide his or her address, the name of the organization he or she represents, if any, and the topic to be addressed. Groups will be advised to select one spokesperson. There shall be a three-minute time limit on each speaker and a maximum of 30 minutes devoted to the public comment portion of the agenda. The superintendent shall develop additional procedures to ensure that public comment sessions proceed in an efficient and orderly manner.

Board members will not respond to individuals who address the board except to request clarification of points made by the presenter.

Except in cases of emergency, information received during presentations will not be acted upon at the time it is received. It will take unanimous vote of the board members present to take action on a presentation considered to be of an unusual or emergency nature at the time it is presented.

Disruptions by any person or persons of a public meeting will be subject to action in accordance with G.S. 143-318.17.

If the board does not hold a regular meeting during a month, the board will not provide a time for public comment at any other meeting held during that month, unless a majority of the board votes to allow public comment at the meeting or unless the purpose of the meeting is a public hearing.


Complaints about the performance of school personnel, implementation of board policy, the quality of the educational program or school facilities should be submitted initially for a response to the school system official responsible for the program or facility or to the superintendent. See policy 1742/5260, Responding to Complaints.

Public complaints concerning individual employees of the school system will not be accepted by members of the board of education without specific documentation. Such complaints will be referred to the superintendent who, after attempting to resolve the problem, may address the board in closed session.

The superintendent or designee shall make available this policy and other relevant grievance procedures to any individual or group submitting a complaint.[11]

—Cumberland County Schools website, (2014)[12]


The table below displays the budget for Cumberland County Schools:[13]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $327,515,969 72.7% $53,034,260 11.8% $70,161,494 15.6% $0 0% $0 0% $450,711,721
2014-2015 $285,331,159 71.6% $62,548,440 15.7% $50,877,819 12.8% $0 0% $0 0% $398,757,418
Averages: $306,423,564 72% $57,791,350 14% $60,519,656.5 14% $0 0% $0 0% $424,734,569.5

Teacher salaries

Cumberland County Schools employed 3,588 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

The following table details the 2014-2015 starting salary schedule for classroom teachers in North Carolina public schools. Salaries are assigned based on class level of a teacher's license, their experience level and area of assignment. Those who currently hold National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification receive a higher salary.[14][15]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 33,000 50,000
Bachelor's + NBPTS 36,960 56,000
Master's 36,300 55,000
Master's + NBPTS 40,260 61,000
6-Year 37,560 56,260
6-Year + NBPTS 41,520 62,260
Doctoral 38,830 57,530
Doctoral + NBPTS 42,790 63,530

Schools in Cumberland County


Cumberland County Schools is serving 50,815 students in 88 schools for the 2014-2014 school year.[16] The district has experienced a decrease in enrollment in recent years.[17][2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2011-2012 53,053
2012-2013 52,725 -0.6
2014-2015 50,815 -3.8

District schools

Cumberland County Schools operates 88 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Academic performance

North Carolina conducts standardized End-of-Course (EOC) tests "to provide a global estimate of the student’s mastery of the material in a particular content area."[18] Students in grades nine though 12 are required to take tests in English I, Biology and Algebra I.

The following table displays composite test results for all students in Cumberland County Schools who took all tests:[19]

District assessment
Year # At or Above Level III # Valid Scores  % At or Above Level III
2011-2012 10,137 12,477 81.2%
2012-2013 5,028 12,776 39.4%

Note: Results from 2011-2012 contain retests while those from 2012-2013 do not.

Contact information

Cumberland County Schools.jpg
Cumberland County Schools
2465 Gillespie Street
Fayetteville, NC 28306
Phone: 910-678-2300

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Cumberland County 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Report 2013-2014," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 National Center for Education Statistics, "Cumberland County Schools," accessed November 24, 2014 (timed out)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Cumberland County, North Carolina," accessed August 13, 2014
  4. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed August 13, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. Fay Observer, "Cumberland school board renews Superintendent Frank Till Jr.'s contract," June 10, 2014
  8. Fay Observer, "Cumberland County Schools Superintendent Frank Till Jr. named Administrator of the Year," May 12, 2014
  9. Broad Prize, "Cumberland County Schools District Profile," accessed November 27, 2014
  10. Cumberland County Schools, "Board of Education," accessed November 28, 2014
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. Cumberland County Board of Education Policy Manual, "Policy Code: 2310 Public Participation At Board Meetings," accessed November 28, 2014
  13. Cumberland County Schools, "Budgeting," accessed December 4, 2013
  14. Public Schools of North Carolina, "NC Public School Personnel State Salary Manual," accessed November 29, 2014
  15. Public Schools of North Carolina, "2014-2015 Salary Schedules," accessed November 29, 2014
  16. Fay Observer, "Fewer students enrolled in Cumberland County schools this year," September 10, 2014
  17. Cumberland County Schools, "District Profile," accessed November 30, 2014
  18. Public Schools of North Carolina, "North Carolina End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 28, 2014
  19. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Reports of Disaggregated State, School System (LEA) and School Performance Data for 2011 - 2013," accessed November 28, 2014