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2018 Principal of the Year
2018 Principal of the Year
Posted on 09/21/2017
Enka Middle School principal Leland Blankenship has been named the BCS 2018 Principal of the Year, but he says the school's teachers and staff share the credit.

“I feel like it needs to be considered a team award,” he said. “Our teachers are extremely talented and dedicated. It’s a good feeling that people realize how hard we’re working here. It’s heartwarming and touching.”

Blankenship, now in his fifth year as principal, says his interest in education began when he was very young.

“My mother was a teacher for 43 years, and I’ve had many great educators in my life,” he said. “I think the majority of people who go into teaching had great teachers when they were kids.”

Leland Blankenship talks to students in a classroom at Enka Middle SchoolAs principal, Blankenship wears many hats – from traffic director to custodian.

“A lot of times, what administrators do is solve problems, look for solutions, and lead by example,” he said. “If I see trash on the ground, I’ll pick it up, and I hope students and teachers do the same.”

Enka Middle School students have opportunities to succeed because of their dedicated teachers, Blankenship added.

“We are only successful if our students are successful,” he said. “If we see students doing their best and reaching their potential, we know we’re doing a good job. I really feel like we are on the right path at Enka Middle School, so I do appreciate the acknowledgement for that.”

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,, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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