Cumberland County school board votes to end Superintendent Till's contract

Posted June 13

Cumberland County Schools Superintendent Frank Till

— The Cumberland County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to buy out the remaining year of Superintendent Frank Till’s contract.

School officials said it would be “in the best interest of the district” to create the vacancy and begin the nationwide search for a new superintendent after Till indicated that he did not plan to return following the 2017-2018 school year.

The buyout of Till’s contract is effective immediately.

“The Board of Education thanks Dr. Till for his dedication and commitment to the district over the past eight years and wishes him, and his wife Barbara, the very best in the future,” Board Chairman Greg West said.

The school board also unanimously voted to name Associate Superintendent for Cumberland County Schools’ Auxiliary Services Tim Kinlaw as interim superintendent.

Kinlaw has been with the district for 24 years and has previously served as interim superintendent.

“With an experienced, senior leadership team in place, Tim Kinlaw is well-equipped to lead the district while the Board focuses on the search process. We will be in good hands during this transition,” said West.

School officials said they will hire the North Carolina School Board Association to assist in the nationwide search for a new superintendent and will seek public and employee input in the coming months.


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  • Rudy Bizzell Jun 14, 1:26 p.m.
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    They should not have contracts to begin with. They make way to much in salary and benefits. Why nation wide search I know there are plenty of people in NC that can do the job.

  • John Johnson Jun 13, 11:03 p.m.
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    Nice, They Have Money to Buy Him Out. SHAME All Students are Left Behind And Their Future Punished ! No School Books For Students TO USE OR to TAKE Home to Improve their Knowledge (There Have Been NO TEXTBOOKs for Students to Use, Much Less Able to Take Home the Last FEW Years. Not Even the Use Of OLD Textbooks?). Much Shorter School Hours, Very Very Little Physical Training.. Oh! Apology, That's All Of North Carolina School Students K thru 12 Grades. At Least You Can BUY Your Books In Higher Education, Overstruggle and Improve Knowledge.. NC Education Lotto.. Money.. No Books??!!