Cumberland School Board Hears from Resident on Issues


Published on June 4 2012 4:36 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

District resident Kendra Flood spoke to the Cumberland school board at their recent monthly meeting on several issues.

Flood talked about bullying of students, said she and her sister were bullied, and wondered whether a student committee could be created to report on bullying?  Board President Marje Jackson asked whether the middle school Student Council come become involved on the issue?  Flood also spoke about the different electronic devices in the middle school and about use of the devices even while students are in school, and that they could be used to send text messages.  It was suggested the district have baskets to hold the phones while students are in class.

Flood also discovered the Positive Behavior program has inequities as to when some students get rewarded since some students are always good and seldom get rewarded;  she also asked for beefed-up efforts concerning recycling.

Cumberland board members awarded bids for oil and chip work around the Cumberland school boards; discussed leasing a new Virtual Desktop system for $43,000/year; got updates from Superintendent Russell Ragon on pension reforms and state aid and transportation funding from Springfield; and decided to continue as in the past with sports photography.

In personnel moves, the Cumberland Board assigned Donna Spannagel to teach 4th grade, Kalee Dahnke to teach Middle School, Marjie Comer to teach 5th and 6th grade Resource, Michelle Neal to teach 9th thru 12th grade Resource, Tammy Robinson as a Pre-K classroom aide; Terri Nickels as a one-on-one aide; Bill Ault to a high school aide; Michele Huddlestun as a 5th and 6th grade Resource Aide; and Sandy McCullough asa K-2 Resource Aide; accepted a resignation from Jennifer Jackson as a student nurse, accepted a resignation from Dave Shawver as high school softball coach; and accepted a resignation from Kalee Dahnke as middle school volleyball coach.  Also acted upon, Todd Butler was assigned as Cumberland Elementary School Principal for the coming school year, and Todd Hall was assigned as Cumberland High School Principal for the coming year.