By JONAH LOSSIAH
ONE FEATHER STAFF
The Monday, Dec. 2 meeting of the Cherokee Central Schools (CCS) Board of Education was called to order at 4:45 pm with Chairperson Jennifer Thompson; Vice Chair Isaac Long; Secretary Tara Reed-Cooper; Board members Gloria Griffin, Karen French-Browning, and Regina Ledford-Rosario; School Board Assistant Sunnie Clapsaddle; HR Director Heather Driver; Superintendent Dr. Michael Murray; and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Beverly Payne present; Tribal Council representative Chelsea Saunooke was a few minutes late to the meeting.
Chairperson Thompson led a prayer, and the minutes from the Nov. 4 and Nov. 18 meetings were approved. Normally, the previous meetings are approved in the next, but it was not done when the School Board held their meeting in Greensboro.
The only guests for the meeting were Lisa Bloom and her WCU Teacher Leadership Class. They were visiting to observe the operations of the CCS Board.
The Cherokee Boys Club Board of Directors were scheduled to attend but had to postpone. They will plan to meet with the School Board during their first session of January.
The open session of the meeting was relatively brief and started with spotlight videos presentations created by the students at CCS. The videos highlighted a teacher from each of the three schools in CCS.
Following the presentations, the Board moved to reviewing the consent agenda. There were a few questions regarding the movement of some contract lengths, but they were quickly clarified. The consent agenda was passed unanimously, enacting the following resolutions:
- Matt Maney be approved as varsity baseball coach for the 2019-20 season.
- Melissa Smith, Preschool SPED Teacher for the Hope Center, be moved to an 11-month position as opposed to the current 10-month position she is in.
- Alissa Owle be transferred into a 10-month position as opposed to the current 11-month position she is currently holding to be more aligned with the CCS Calendar.
- Mary Asgari be approved as the full-time athletic trainer.
There was no previous or new business to discuss following the consent agenda, so upcoming events were discussed. The next major event at the school that they talked about was the upcoming play Lion King Jr., which premieres Thursday, Dec. 12.
The Board called for the remainder of the meeting to be in a closed session. No report was provided for the closed session, but it was used to discuss personnel issues according to Superintendent Murray.
The next meeting of the CCS Board of Education will be held on Friday, Dec. 20. There is not a specific time set, but it will be held directly after the Christmas luncheon that day.