Superintendent Unveils CCS’ Strategic Planning Process
Dr. Connelly updates the Board on his first 100 days

Fayetteville, N.C. – Tonight, Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., superintendent of the Cumberland County Schools (CCS), presented his ‘First 100 Days’ presentation to the Cumberland County Board of Education. During his first 100 days as superintendent, Dr. Connelly has visited all 87 schools in the district, completed 30 speaking engagements, participated in 60 meetings with community agencies and groups, and met with a variety of stakeholders across the county, including students, educators, elected officials and a variety of community groups. His CLC3 (Connelly Listening to Cumberland County Citizens) community tour helped him learn about 1) things that are going well, 2) ways to better support students and staff, 3) ideas for what the school system’s focus should be, and 4) how all stakeholders can be involved in the process.

“Over the past 100 days, I’ve had powerful and insightful conversations with a diverse group of individuals, and we’re excited about moving forward with the development of our strategic plan,” said Connelly. “As we look to the future and continue our work to improve the academic outcomes of students, it will take all of us — teachers, administrators, parents, and community members—working together to ensure all students are prepared to succeed in school and in life.”

The journey continues as the school system moves to the next phase in the strategic planning process. CCS plans to develop a strategic plan development team, comprised of principals, teachers, district leaders, parents and community members, who will begin building the strategic plan. The goal is to collaboratively answer the question: “What do we want for our students and how do we achieve it together?” Over the next several months, the strategic plan development team will collaboratively establish goals, a mission and vision, and a shared set of core beliefs.

The district will convene a series of focus groups to collect additional input and continue to seek feedback from stakeholders. During the month of February, CCS plans to host a Town Hall meeting to update the community on the plan, with the goal of finalizing the plan in June 2019. The implementation of CCS’ new strategic plan is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019.

“As I’ve said from the very beginning, we want a community-developed and community-driven strategic plan, and we’re certainly moving in the right direction,” said Connelly.

To learn more about CCS’ strategic planning process, visit Also, questions regarding the process should be directed to Melody Chalmers, assistant superintendent of District Transformation & Strategic Initiatives at 910.678.2458, or