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School Improvement Team (SIT)

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School Improvement Teams are required by North Carolina law to develop school improvement plans.   The team is comprised of the principal of each school, representatives of the assistant principals, instructional personnel, instructional support personnel, teacher assistants assigned to the school building, and parents of children enrolled in the school.  The representatives are elected by their respective groups (such as the PTA/PTO for parents).   The General Assembly of North Carolina views parental involvement as a critical component of school success and positive student achievement.  It is the intent of NC that parents, along with teachers, have a substantial role in developing school improvement plans.  [NC General Statutes 115C-105.27]. Cumberland County Schools encourage and endorse shared decision making as evident in our mission statement, core values and various policy directives.

PFHS School Improvement Team FAQ’s

Q:   When does the School Improvement Team meet and may I attend the meeting?

A:  School Improvement Team Meeting dates are listed below.  SIT’s are considered a public body and are subject to open meeting laws.  Staff, parents, and community members are always welcome to attend and observe the meetings.  The SIT team consists of PFHS staff representatives and parents.  All meetings are held in the PFHS Media Center beginning about 3:45 p.m.  Meetings are generally over by 4:30, but we continue until all meeting items have been addressed.

Q:  How do I communicate a suggestion for school improvement to the group?

A:  You may communicate directly with any individual on the team or send a request to the entire committee.   The SIT Chair will address your concern or comment at the meeting. The members’ names and contact information are listed below.  We do ask that you send those topics at least 48 hours in advance.  Anyone is allowed to bring concerns, but the SIT members are the only ones who may vote on any policies and procedures.  Personnel and financial issues are not under the umbrella of SIT.  Those concerns must be addressed with one of our administrators.

Q:  As a parent, how can I become a member of this wonderful group of people? 

A:  Parents for the 2016-2017 school year have been nominated and voted on at the Spring PTO meeting. If you would like to know more about this feel free to contact Audra Pope (

Q:  When are the SIT Meeting Dates?

A: • September 25, 2017 – 3:40 pm
• October 23, 2017 – 3:40 pm
• November 27, 2017 – 3:45 pm
• December 18, 2017 – 3:40 pm
• January 22, 2018 – 2:00 pm
• February 26, 2018 – 3:40 pm
• March 19, 2018 – 3:40 pm
• April
• May 21, 2018 – 3:40 pm

Q:  Who are the SIT Members?

A:  Administration: David Culbreth (
Administration: Laura Moya (
Administration: Juelle McDonald (
Administration: Jason Norton (
Administration: Jeffrey Stewart (
Guidance: James Davis (
Teacher: Jill Austin, English (
Teacher: Al Coe, ROTC (
Teacher: Aisha Collins, Dance (
Teacher: Amanda Hughes, Social Studies (
Teacher, James Peaden, PE (
Teacher: James Richardson, Cultural Arts (
Teacher: Cynthia Simmons, EC (
Teacher: Elizabeth Smith, Math (
Teacher: Linwood Starling, Science (
Teacher: Jennifer Taylor, Social Studies (
Teachers Aide: Constance Dunstan (
Clerical: Beth Maule (
Student Rep:  Josh Jensen
Parent Rep: Audra Pope (

Published by Barbara Ratledge on August 20, 2017
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