Cumberland Board Readies for New School Year


Published on August 23 2012 10:07 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Cumberland school board members have approved a contract for 2012-2013 with district support staff members.

The agreement includes language changes as well as a 25-cent-an-hour pay hike for members of the Cumberland Educational Support Professionals.

Today marks Teacher Institute Day in the Cumberland district, with the start of school set for tomorrow.  The first full day will be Monday, the 27th.

Cumberland Superintendent Russell Ragon reported that district enrollment is at 987, almost 20 students more than last school year.

District officials plan to meet with the student body at the start of the day to inform them about the Cumberland County Cares committee.  The group is working to instill pride in the county's communities and to encourage respect and appreciation for their community, private property and the environment.

The Cumberland board discussed how buses are lined up for loading and unloading before and after school.  Board member April Flood wanted the buses moved back to the circle drive.  Bus driver Randy Hurt said he felt very strongly the buses need to stay where they are for pickup and dropoff.  Hurt said it helps drivers see in front and back of their buses and allows administrators to walk up and down the row of buses to make sure it's safe for them to exit.  The decision was to keep stationing the bus at the current location.

Board members placed their tentative fiscal year budget on public display.  Ragon explained that he has reduced the Building Fund to divert less State Aid to the fund, but the proposed budget carries a deficit of $143,000.

In personnel moves, the Cumberland board approved a leave of absence for Tammy Robinson for the school year; accepted the resignation of Kalee Dahnke as a middle school teacher and all other duties; hired Kim Harper as a middle school Science and Social Studies teacher for the school year; named Carie Jansen the head high school girls basketball coach and Bill Yocum as assistant middle school girls basketball coach; and accepted resignations from Marnie Blade as assistant high school girls basketball coach and from Cole Carlen as assistant high school boys basketball coach.

The Board also renewed the district insurance coverage at an increased cost of $15,000.