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2019-2020 Budget Talking Points

2019-2020 Budget Talking Points

  • The Superintendent’s Budget Recommendation for the 2019-2020 school year is focused on investing in the needs of the whole child.
  • The budget recommendation includes a proposed increase of $8.9 million, which would bring the total allotment from the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners to $89,041,982.
  • The majority of the $8.9 million increase in funding would go to the following:
    • Increasing the number of social workers, school counselors and school nurses to the nationally recommended average over six years.
    • Adjusting budget allotments in response to the projected legislative impact on CCS’ budget, such as state salary increases and class size phase-in requirements, which are factors outside of the school system’s control.
    • Providing funds to support the growth of English as a Second Language (ESL) and Exceptional Children populations, inflation, the continuity of the school safety watch program and other district initiatives, the recruitment and retention of principals at some of the most challenging schools, and the implementation of effective family and community engagement efforts that will increase student success.
  • Cumberland County was recently moved from a Tier 2 to a Tier 1 designation and is ranked 20th in the state, which means our county is one of the most economically distressed counties in North Carolina.
  • 75 percent of our students qualify for free-or-reduced-price meals based on their household income. Food insecurity, access to health care, and social and emotional challenges all impact the success of students in the classroom setting.
  • We gladly accept all students, regardless of their race, socio-economic status or special needs, and we develop partnerships with families and community stakeholders to help them achieve success at school and ultimately, in life.
  • Investing in the needs of the whole child and allocating resources to support the social and emotional well-being of our students will help students succeed in the classroom and beyond.
  • The Cumberland County Board of Education has begun the process of working through the Superintendents’ Recommended Budget before submitting their official request to the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners in April.
  • To learn more about CCS’ budget process, visit


Published by Kristie Motz on March 19, 2019

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