Board Briefing- October 5, 2017

Buncombe County Schools
Board Briefing

Carol Buckner: 50 Years of Service

Superintendent's Comments

Dr. Tony Baldwin commented on a variety of topics concerning Buncombe County Schools and its students, faculty, staff, and the communities served by the system. These remarks included:

Celebrating Educators Last Wednesday, we held our annual Teacher of the Year Banquet. First, congratulations to all of our 43 individual schools’ honorees, the seven district winners, our Ruth Henderson Award recipient Brandi Fleckenstein, and finally to Elizabeth Love from A.C. Reynolds High School, our 2017-2018 Buncombe County Schools Teacher of the Year. Beth is a master teacher in the area of English Language Arts and will be an excellent representative of all BCS teachers as she moves on to state competition.

Digital 1:1 As you know, we are currently rolling out 1:1 computer devices to our high school students in grades 10 – 12. One area of concern as many of our schools have opted to allow devices to be taken home after school is the percentage of homes that may not have access to the internet. I am excited to announce that thanks to a grant from Sprint’s 1 Million Project, high school students who don’t have home access can obtain a “Homework Hotspot” from their school, which allows their school-issued device to connect to the Sprint network. The Sprint grant provides the hotspots and service at no cost to BCS or our families for at least five years. 

Committee Decision
Last month, we received at North Buncombe High School an objection under Policy 3210 to the use of a supplemental text within an 11th grade Honors English classroom. I want to thank Dr. Samantha Sircey and the school’s MTAC (Media & Technology Advisory Committee) for conducting the review in such a timely manner. The decision and subsequent recommendation from the committee was that “The Bluest Eye” will no longer be used as an instructional material for 11th grade English courses at any academic achievement level – Standard, Honors, or Advanced Placement; however, the committee provided a non-binding opinion that the book could be considered for use as an instructional resource for 12th grade Advanced Placement, as deemed appropriate by that particular teacher. I received notification this afternoon that Dr. Sircey discussed the committee’s decision and suggestion with the school’s English and Language Arts faculty. In conclusion, while the committee’s work was respected and appreciated, the department expressed a decision to identify a substitute resource to "The Bluest Eye" to be used at all grades and levels of instruction. I think it is important to recognize the value of Policy 3210 and the process it supports to provide the student and/or parent an opportunity to either opt for a substitute resource or express an objection to the initial selection. 

Work Session
 I would like to propose that we participate in an afternoon work session on November 2- our monthly meeting date- to review and discuss the potential impact of the House Bill 13 class size restrictions for Kindergarten through third grade. While we received a compromise implementation for this year, the law is scheduled to go into full effect in 2018-2019. As you may recall, the two issues central to this implementation focus on funding our enhancement teachers in the areas of music, art, world languages and physical education in addition to available facility space to house the potential increase in classrooms needed. The next few weeks should allow us to be able to project the impact on our district using our updated enrollment numbers.

To view a more detailed summary of the Superintendent’s Comments, click HERE.


    •  Adoption of the 2017-18 Budget 
    •  North Buncombe Middle School: Approval of Design Contract for Re-Roofing
    •  Enka Middle School Field House Renovations: Authorization to Award Construction Contract
    •  Community High School Additions and Renovations: Approval of Alternate #2 to be Included in GMP
    •  NCSBA Voting Delegates Form
  • •  Easement To Duke Energy Progress, LLC

    •  Supplemental Information for the 2017-18 Budget

    •  The District-Wide Advisory Council meeting will be held on October 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at Enka High School, 475 Enka Lake Road, Candler, NC 28715.
    •  The Board of Education’s Regular Meeting will be held on November 2, 2017, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Minitorium at 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC  28806.

Have you read the latest BCS Advantage Magazine? Click here to meet some of our recent graduates and hear about some of the hopes and dreams of some Haw Creek Kindergarten students.

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Dr. Tony Baldwin

Ann B. Franklin
Madam Chair

Stacia M. Harris
Director of Communications


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