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SRO Sgt. Sparks Last Day of School
SRO Sgt. Sparks' Last Day of School
Posted on 03/18/2022
On the morning of Friday March 18, the halls were filled with students applauding and chanting “hero” throughout Avery’s Creek Elementary (ACES). School Resource Officers (SROs) with the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) came together to celebrate one of their very own. Sgt. Mike Sparks is retiring and ready to begin a new chapter of his life. After 22 years, Friday is his final day as an SRO. By: Breanna Hensley
BCS Communications Dept.

On the morning of Friday March 18, the halls were filled with students applauding and chanting “hero” throughout Avery’s Creek Elementary (ACES). School Resource Officers (SROs) with the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) came together to celebrate one of their very own. Sgt. Mike Sparks is retiring and ready to begin a new chapter of his life. After 22 years, Friday is his final day as an SRO.

“Sgt. Sparks has done so much for the schools during his career,” explained SRO Deputy Melanie Robbins. “The vast majority of his career has been spent at the schools. Sgt. Sparks has had such an impact on so many students over the years. He is leaving behind some big shoes to fill as he is about seven feet tall. That is nothing compared to the size of the man’s heart. It’s going to be hard to replace him.”

Sgt. Sparks had no idea the school was giving him the send off. He thought he and his colleagues were there to read to students, which they did. By the end of the celebration, Sgt. Sparks had tears in his eyes. Thank you, Sgt. Sparks for your dedication to the students over the years. From all of us at BCS, we wish Sgt. Sparks the happiest of retirements.


Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin, shanon.martin@bcsemail.org, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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