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January 19, 2018 (Board Retreat) Page 3427 <br />The Board of Commissioners for the County of Cabarrus met for a Board <br />Retreat at the Laureate Center at Kannapolis City Hall in Kannapolis, North <br />Carolina on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. <br />Present - Chairman: Stephen M. Morris <br />Vice Chairman: Diane R. Honeycutt <br />Commissioners: F. Blake Kiger <br />Elizabeth F. Poole <br />Lynn W. Shue <br />Also present were Mike Downs, County Manager; Pam Dubois, Senior Deputy <br />County Manager; Jonathan Marshall, Deputy County Manager; Kyle Bilafer, Area <br />Manager of Operations; Terri Lea Hugie, Clerk to the Board; Kasia Thompson, <br />Communications and Outreach Manager; Jonathan Weaver, Multi -Media Journalist; <br />Kristin Jones, Budget and Performance Manager; Lauren Tayara, Budget Analyst; <br />and Kelly Sifford, Planning and Development Director. <br />The following persons were also present: <br />Cabarrus County Schools: Dr. Chris Lowder, Superintendent; Lynn Rhymer, <br />Assistant Superintendent of Operations; Tim Lowder, Executive Director of <br />Operations, Brian Cone, Director of Construction; Kelly Kluttz, Chief Finance <br />Officer; Cabarrus County Schools Board of Education Members: Cindy Fertenbaugh, <br />Board Chairman; Carolyn Carpenter, Board Vice Chairman; and School Board Members <br />Barry Shoemaker, Robert Kirk and David Harrison. <br />Kannapolis City Schools: Dr. Chip Buckwell, Superintendent; Dr. Kelly <br />Burgess, Assistant Superintendent; Will Crabtree, Director of Business <br />Operations and Kannapolis City Schools Board of Education member Kevin Clark. <br />Rowan-Cabarrus Community College: Dr. Carol Spalding, President; Janet <br />Spriggs, Chief Operating Officer; and Jonathan Chamberlain, Chief Officer, <br />College Environment. <br />Also present: Ron Smith, Centralina Council of Governments and Bill McCoy, <br />Emeritus Faculty of the UNCC Urban Institute. <br />Chairman Morris called the meeting to order at 4:14 p.m. <br />Welcoma, Introductions and Overview <br />County Manager Mike Downs welcomed staff and guests and reviewed the <br />retreat agenda for the day. He then recognized Ron Smith, Executive Director, <br />Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG). Mr. Smith commented on the goals and <br />efforts of the CCOG to involve the municipalities. <br />Economic Forecast <br />Jonathan Marshall, Deputy County Manager provided a brief bio as an <br />introduction of Bill McCoy, Emeritus Faculty of the UNCC Urban Institute. <br />Mr. McCoy presented an economic forecast of Cabarrus County via a <br />PowerPoint presentation titled "Cabarrus County Overview." Topics included: <br />regional focus, population growth, race and ethnicity, population by minimum <br />level of education, household income, median home value, high school graduation <br />rate, urban growth model and jobs. <br />Following the presentation, there was discussion with Mr. McCoy responding <br />to questions. <br />Dinner Break <br />The Board took a dinner break at 5:33 p.m. The meeting resumed at 6:22 <br />p.m. <br />Cabarrus County Schools <br />Dr. Chris Lowder, Superintendent, Tim Lowder, Executive Director of <br />Operations, and Kelly Kluttz, Chief Finance Officer reviewed a PowerPoint <br />presentation titled "10 Year Planning Document." Topics included: ongoing <br />projects; addressing aging schools; the recommended timeline; the 6 to 10 -year <br />capital projects forecast; immediate CIP needs; and a highlight of 2018-2019 <br />budget request expansion and continuation items. <br />Throughout the presentation, Dr. Lowder, Mr. Lowder, and Ms. Kluttz <br />responded to questions from board members. <br />