Board Briefing- June 7, 2018

Buncombe County Schools
BCS Board Briefing

NBHS ProStart Team
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Superintendent's Comments

Well-Deserved Recognition I want to begin by recognizing three of our school principals who will be retiring at the end of the month. All three have had a very dedicated and distinguished career devoted to students in Buncombe County. We wish Eddie Burchfiel, Leland Blankenship, and Larry Weigel only the best in their futures. Within the 31 years of service, Mr. Burchfiel filled the role of principal in both the Career Education Center and Erwin High School. Most recently he completed nine years as the leader of Valley Springs Middle School. Mr. Blankenship is retiring after 35 years in NC educational service and had previously worked in the roles of Director of Career Technical Education and Director of Secondary Education. For the past five years, Leland has served as the principal of Enka Middle School. Mr. Weigel has dedicated 24 years of service to the state with the seven most recent devoted to working as the Director of the Progressive Education Program. Congratulations and kudos to all three administrators.

 Strategic Plan Many thanks to Mrs. Susanne Swanger and the team of advisors that worked diligently on revising and developing a set of clear and concise strategic priorities. She facilitated a very collaborative work session earlier this afternoon. One of the most important charges that a school system has is to periodically review the statements of mission and vision as well as the strategic priorities to ensure they fulfill the core needs and purposes of the district.

Security and Safety Study If you recall, a recommendation from our Capital Outlay Committee was to identify and contract with an expert source in school facility security to physically survey all of our campuses and bring recommendations back regarding best practices to improve safety and security. I have contacted Dr. Patterson in Asheville City Schools regarding a combination steering committee that would prepare a request on behalf of both systems to the Capital Fund Commission for potential funding. Mr. Hough will be our administrative representative. I believe that Mr. Queen and Mrs. McMahon will represent the board on this committee. 

Community Partnerships I would like to recognize Mr. Bill Murdock and Mr. Dewey Andrew who is here with us tonight representing Eblen Charities. They will be giving us some very exciting news regarding the Williams-Baldwin Teacher Campus housing. We are at full capacity with all 24 units and I understand that the option for housing affordable especially to new teachers has been a frequent topic of inquiry at every teacher recruiting event.

Congratulations Class of 2018 Graduation ceremonies are already underway – last Friday, Early College graduates walked across the stage at AB Tech; the Progressive Education Program will hold their ceremony tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Richard Greene Theater on the T.C. Roberson High School. On Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the Kimmel Arena on the campus of UNC-Asheville, the Nesbitt Discovery Academy will have their first graduating class of seniors receive diplomas. Next Thursday, June 14, Community High School will have their ceremony at Asheville Christian Academy beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, June 15, begins graduation for our six traditional high schools – Enka High School will lead off with a ceremony in the US Cellular Center at 7 p.m. that evening. Owen High will begin the line-up of graduations the next day with an outdoor ceremony starting at 9 a.m. at the Owen High School stadium. An 11 a.m. program will be held at the U.S. Cellular Center for the A.C. Reynolds seniors. Erwin High will follow with their ceremony at 3 p.m. in U.S. Cellular Center, and the final graduation that day will be held for T.C. Roberson High later that evening beginning at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday afternoon, June 17, we will mark our last graduation ceremony as North Buncombe High seniors will walk across the stage in the Thomas Wolf Auditorium beginning at 2 p.m. All board members are certainly welcomed at any or all of the ceremonies.

We had a busy board meeting tonight with many Good News stories to share. 

Our recognitions included:

-The North Buncombe High School ProStart Team who, this year, earned 1st Place at the North Carolina ProStart Invitational (Restaurant Management Team Award) and 2nd place at the National ProStart Invitational. Congratulations to their advisor and state CTE Teacher of the Year Amy White, and her students Logan Carroll, Ashton English, Jake Norconk and Karly Plemmons 

-We announced our Tracy Lea Calhoun Award Bus Driver of the Year. Congratulations to Ms. Marsha Bailey, Fairview Elementary.

-We recognized our district athletic specialist David Ball for being inducted into the North Carolina Athletic Directors' Association’s Hall of Fame.

-We heard a poem from Alex Gast, North Buncombe Middle School student and BCS National Do the Write Thing Ambassador.

-We heard T.C. Roberson's Chamber Choir perform. They represented the entire TCR music department who recently won a 2018 SupportMusic Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation for being one of the best communities for Music Education. 

-Plus, we recognized two schools for earning this year's Graduation Initiative Compass Award. This award, sponsored by Eblen Charities and Campbell Shatley, LLC, recognizes school staff for supporting students towards the goal of graduation. Congratulations to Enka High School and Erwin Middle School.

-Finally, we heard that the rent at the Williams-Baldwin Teacher Campus is going down to $900/month, plus there will be assistance offered with utilities. 

•  Budget Amendment #8
•  Nesbitt Discovery Academy: Freezer/Cooler Replacement Project – Authorization to Award Contract
•  Enka High School: Use of Capital Outlay Athletic Allotment 
•  Haw Creek Elementary School: Authorization of Change Order to Increase Scope of Re-Roofing
•  Nomination for NCSBA 2018 Legislative Committee

•  Minutes: May 3, 2018 – Special Called Session
•  Minutes: May 3, 2018 – Open Session 
•  Personnel Report with Addendum 
•  Approval of the 2017-18 Facilities Report
•  AB Technical Community College Board of Trustees Reappointment
•  CTE Local Plan Approval
•  Renewal Driver Education Contract with Mountain Professionals for 2018-19 School Year
•  Renewal of GPS Systems Contract for Transportation Dept. with Synovia Solutions, LLC

•  Finance Reports
•  Notification of Informal Construction & Repair Projects and Change Orders
   Policy 1320/3560 - Title I Parent and Family Engagement
   Policy 2670 – Business Advisory Council
   Policy 3110 – Innovation in Curriculum and Instruction
   Policy 7510 – Leave
   Policy 7520 – Family and Medical Leave
   Policy 7630 – Non-licensed/Classified Employee Compensation
   Policy 8305R - Federal Grant Administration - Procurement Procedures 
•  The Board of Education will have a Special Called meeting on June 28, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Minitorium at
    175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.
•  The next Board of Education Regular Meeting will be held on August 9, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Minitorium at 
   175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC  28806.

     • Buncombe County Schools Early College Graduated this past Friday, June 1 at AB Tech
     • The Progressive Education Program’s graduation is tomorrow Friday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Greene Theater at TC Roberson High School
     • The Nesbitt Discovery Academy will graduate its first class of Seniors on Sunday, June 10 at 4:00 p.m. in the Kimmel Arena at UNCA
     • Buncombe County Schools Middle College will graduate on Thursday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Auditorium at AB Tech
     • Community High School will graduate on Thursday, June 14 at 6:00 p.m. at Asheville Christian Academy
     • Enka High School will graduate on Friday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Civic Center
     • Owen High School will graduate on Saturday, June 16 at 9:00 a.m. in the Owen HS Stadium
     • Reynolds High School will graduate on Saturday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m. at the Civic Center
     • Erwin High School will graduate on Saturday, June 16 at 3:00 p.m. at the Civic Center
     • Roberson High School will graduate on Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center
     • North Buncombe High School will graduate on Sunday, June 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Dr. Tony Baldwin

Ann B. Franklin
Madam Chair

Stacia M. Harris
Director of Communications

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