Board Minutes – May 5, 2015

Cumberland County District PTA Council
Board of Directors Minutes
May 5, 2015

The Cumberland County District PTA Council met on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. in the Central Services Board Room, with the following board members present: Sonya Harriott, Porcha McMillan, Jerial Bogan, Deanna Jones, Kris Veno, Melody Chalmers, Renarta C. Moyd, Debora McPhaul, Margie Maddox, Kamina Fitzgerald, Lisa Stewart, Rosalyn Hinton and Iris Pierce.

President, Porcha McMillan called the meeting to order at 3:36 p.m.  The board approved the April 14, 2015 minutes.

Treasurer, Jerial Bogan discussed and provided the treasurer report for information purposes.


President, Porcha McMillan opened up the meeting with discussion and introductions of a possible partnership with the Fayetteville State University College Access and Parent Involvement Program that integrates meaningful community service as a key to service learning.

  • The program mainly services FSU students, but they can connect with high school students, first year freshman, Cheer Scholars, and graduates of the program.
  • When partnering, we can submit as many projects as ideas, but that there needs to be at least one main representative to represent the board.
  • Jeri Bogan mentioned that high school students do need volunteer hours, but with this program, they can only connect with high school students and their contacts.

Cecil and Sharon Gibbs from Bricks for Kids presented how their company enhances children’s ability of what they can learn in school with blocks, legos- through various activities and workshops in which they can visit the main location, or have the representatives come to their location.

  • They are the first business in Fayetteville with this program. There are about 600 throughout the U.S. and they are based out of Florida.
  • They are a hands-on company that will travel to locations to conduct the program.
  • It is STEM based and does align with Common Core.
  • They have their own lesson plans.
  • Their programs can be used as a fundraiser.
  • They charge a minimum fee and PTA can charge an additional fee to raise funds.
  • They bring their own staff and supplies.
  • They make learning fun as they encourage thinking with the hands.
  • Their company builds partnerships, teaches team building and raise self- esteem.
  • As a field trip, you may take students to their after school workshops (or they will come to you). The school gets 10%.  The price for the after school portion is $40.
  • They will donate a science activities if they partner with an organization.
  • They do have STEM related grants and information that is an avenue in which they can help with.
  • They have summer camps in which they will come to you. They are located on Sycamore Dairy Road. They are flexible and the kids love it.  They do conduct a fifteen minute class before they do the activities.
  • A question was raised as to if they have talked with the Parks and Recreation and area High Schools as well.
  • They did mention that they do conduct “Bricks for Business,” which is a team building activity for teachers and organizations.

Old Business

  1. Porcha called on the Nominating Committee to introduce the slate of officers and vote for the 2015-2016 school year. The vote was unanimous.
  2. President-Porcha McMillan
  3. Vice President of Leadership-Heather Fuentes
  4. Vice President of Membership-Rosalyn Hinton
  5. Secretary-Sonya Harriott
  6. Treasurer-Jerial Bogan

July 1st is the official start date for the new Board of Directors

  1. The Field Fitness Fair update is that it is cancelled and will be rescheduled with a day camp possibility.
  2. The National PTA Convention updates are as follows:
  3. We have a good number of members going this year.
  4. Volunteers may attend free of charge upon sign up and registration.
  5. There was a request to reach out to local units to sponsor the hotel stays.
  6. The National President has requested high attendance from NC members.
  7. Porcha asked for thoughts on the possibly of Board assistance as well.

New Business

  1. A summer planning meeting was discussed. Suggestions included:
  2. Webinars instead of face to face.
  3. Comprising a list of possible dates for the meetings as maybe August 10-14, 2015,
  4. Hosting a transitional leadership meeting possibly at the Pate Room downtown at the Headquarters Library.

Board Committee Reports

 VP of Grants, Rachel –Simms-Thompkins

  • There was no information to report.

VP of Leadership, Kamina Fitzgerald

  • There was no information to report.

VP of Membership, Rosalyn Hinton

  1. On May 14, 2015 there will be a Walker Spivey Event starting at 5 p.m.
  2. On June 5, 2015 there will also be a carnival hosted there from 5-7 p.m.  She asked for CCDPTA representation to be present for information purposes.  And also support.

Military Support Team, Emily Grimes

  • There was no information to report.

SEPTA, Julie Rufenacht/Kris Veno

  1. The new SEPTA meeting date is the first Thursdays of each month from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  2. 2 new committee member prospects were discussed.
  3. Feedback from the dance in April was that it was great.
  4. The Triangle Rock Club invited Kris to see their facilities and to possibly meet there, as well as Round a Bout Skating Rink as an option.

Reflections Chair, Jennifer Teague

  1. There was no information to report.

Web Manager, Angelic White

  1. There was not information to report.

Community Liaisons,

  1. There was no information to report.


  1. Chalmers from E.E. Smith High School discussed the Military Appreciation for Students in which they partnered with their PTA, they are preparing for elections, had an awesome fashion show, and that they would get pictures.
  2. Lisa Stewart of Grays Creek Middle School, along with their PTA, hosted a Cyber Safety Night and showed texting video lessons. A local church donated the hot dogs, etc.
  3. Debora McPhaul from Lake Rim Elementary had an awesome 71st District Night event and that it will continue, They had a Frozen them event of the Month of the Military Child observation with the 82nd band performing, as well as, the Purple Up campaign, and finally, they are in the process of rebuilding their PTA. She also invited everyone to the Teacher Appreciation Breakfast that they were hosting the next day.

This was the last Board of Director’s meeting for the 2014-2015 school year. The next Board Meeting will be announced at a later date, as well as, the Summer planning and transitional leadership meetings.

 Respectfully submitted by:  Sonya Harriott

CCDPTA- Secretary

Approved by:                        Porcha McMillan

CCDPTA- President