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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 2018-2019 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: SIT meeting dates are the 3rd Monday each month in the Media Center after school except September TBD.
• September TBD, 2018
• October 15, 2018
• November 19, 2018
• December 17, 2018
• January TBD, 2019
• February 18, 2019
• March 18, 2019
• April 15, 2019
• May 20, 2019

Q:  Who are the SIT Members?


  • David Culbreth (
  • Laura Moya (
  • Juelle McDonald (
  • Jason Norton (


  • Brianna Upthegrove (
  • James Davis (


  • Cris Higginbotham, Social Studies (
  • Angela Noack, Social Studies (
  • Bridgette Jones, CTE (
  • Nicole Graham, English (
  • Pierre Cobb, Math (
  • Chris Green (
  • Denise Baker (
  • Jennifer Jones (
  • Manuella Smith (
  • Neal Gemelli (

Military Support Student Transition Consultant:

  • Carlos Swan (

Teachers Aide:

  • Beth Maule (

Student Rep:
Parent Rep:

Published by Barbara Ratledge on August 14, 2018
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