Board Briefing- December 5, 2019

Buncombe County Schools
BCS Board Briefing

Members of the A.C. Reynolds High School chorale perform at the Board of Education on Dec. 5, 2019.
A.C. Reynolds High School chorale singers perform for the Board of Education.

An A.C. Reynolds High School brass quintet performs at the Board of Education on Dec. 5, 2019.
An A.C. Reynolds High School brass quintet performs for the Board of Education.

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Superintendent's Comments for December 5, 2019

#BCSArts As we’ve just seen - the holidays spotlight so many of the outstanding programs in the Arts across Buncombe County Schools but the reality is that they shine throughout the year as a source of pride not only inside our district but outside as well. One of our music educators recently received some very prestigious honors. Sean Smith not only led the A.C. Reynolds High School Symphonic Band to a National Mark of Excellence (the only band in the state to achieve this) but was recognized as a top 10 finalist for National Music Arts Educator of the Year! As part of our Good News this evening, three additional BCS educators who have received honors for their distinguished teaching within the Arts will be acknowledged. In recognizing the Arts within BCS, I would be amiss not to acknowledge the excellent leadership that our district arts supervisor, Laura Mitchell, is providing our programs.

Excellent Educators At next month’s board meeting we will be recognizing several distinguished school counselors and social workers. Ahead of that I wanted to give a shout out to Molly Pittman who was selected as the NC School Social Worker of the Year by their state professional organization. Molly serves four of our schools – Enka Middle and Intermediate, Pisgah, and Woodfin Elementary Schools.

Community Support We have recently seen a significant increase in the number of community stakeholders providing generous resources to our students and families across the entire district. The efforts of our local faith-based churches along with so many of the nonprofits across the county have just been exceptional. Whether individual bundles of clothing and shoes; food packages; toys for the holidays; or Ingles gift cards to support our population of homeless families – these endeavors have brought much appreciated blessings to many. I’m excited to recognize a similar effort sponsored by our own School Resource Officers as they will be launching the first annual Buncombe County Shop with a Cop for the Holidays. Texas Roadhouse hosted a fund raiser for the project today and in the near future approximately 25 students across the district will be shopping for gifts with their SRO.

Water Safety One of the visions of our new Buncombe County Aquatics Center was to host a Safety Around Water (SAW) program for all second-graders across our county. On Tuesday, we began seeing that vision become a reality as students from Hominy Valley Elementary School began receiving lessons in the new pool. SAW is a national model program that is taught by certified YMCA swim instructors and lifeguards. The eight sessions teach children basic water safety and swimming skills that reduce their risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water. A big thank you to Debbie Bryant and all the volunteers that are giving their time for such important life lessons.

State Leadership Position Finally, congratulations to board member Amy Churchill who was recently chosen as the President-Elect of the North Carolina School Boards Association.

•  2019-20 Budget Amendment #1 
•  Approval of Individual Low Performing School Plans  
•  AC Reynolds High School: Use of Capital Outlay Athletic Allotment
•  Interlocal Agreement with the County of Buncombe Regarding the Retrofit of the Zeugner Center Building

•  Minutes: November 7, 2019 – Regular Meeting Open Session
•  Personnel Report  
   Policy 1510/4200/7270 – School Safety
   Policy 2010 – Board and Superintendent Relations
   Policy 2300 – Board Meetings
   Policy 6305 – Safety and Student Transportation Services
   Policy 6315 – Drivers


•  Finance Reports
   Policy 1310/4002 – Parental Involvement
   Policy 3620 – Extracurricular Activities and Student Organizations
   Policy 4325 – Drugs and Alcohol
   Policy 4333 – Weapons, Bomb Threats, Terrorist
   Policy 5015 – School Volunteers
   Policy 7100 – Recruitment and Selection of Personnel
   Policy 7130 – Licensure
   Policy 7240 – Drug-Free and Alcohol-Free Workplace
   Policy 7241 – Drug and Alcohol Testing of Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators
   Policy 7310/4040 – Staff-Student Relations
   Policy 7360/8225 – Crowdfunding on Behalf of the School System
   Policy 7360R/8225R – Crowdfunding Approval Request Form
   Policy 7410 – Teacher Contracts

Dr. Tony Baldwin

Ann B. Franklin
Madam Chair

Stacia M. Harris
Director of Communications

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