Board Briefing- August 9, 2018

Buncombe County Schools
BCS Board Briefing

Alexander Golovchuck of Avery’s Creek Elementary School
Alexander Golovchuck of Avery’s Creek Elementary School was recognized by the BCS Board of Education for his life-saving heroism.

Photos from this meeting are available on Google Drive.
A video recording is available on YouTube.

Superintendent's Comments 

Fresh Start Another school year is almost here! Monday, August 27 will be the first day for students in Buncombe County! I would encourage all stakeholders to view the websites of your individual schools to check dates and times for Meet the Teacher events as well as to access important information and documents. I am also very proud to announce that all six of our school districts this fall will offer at least one kindergarten class of Spanish Immersion/Dual Language. In two of our districts, North Buncombe and Enka, these classes will be the first opportunity for students. We will also be one of the very few systems in the state to offer an option for dual language sequence from K through eighth grade.

Campus Security School safety remains an important focus for all Buncombe County schools as orientation sessions for teachers and staff will begin on August 22 across the district. This year we will be initiating a professional development for all school building staff using the National Incident Management System (NIMS) model to enhance protocol and practice. Likewise, through the state, we have applied and will receive an increased allocation of $115,000 for additional School Resource Officers. The state is also making new funding available in the form of grants devoted to mental and behavioral health support; Mr. David Thompson and his team are working with community partners to apply for these opportunities. School campus security is also being enhanced as Mr. Barry Pace is coordinating an emphasis on door entrances beginning in our middle schools and then moving to our high schools. On Tuesday of this week, Mr. Joe Hough presided over the first School Security Steering Committee, a joint effort of Buncombe County and Asheville City Schools. This committee will be presenting a request to the Capital School Commission for funding to professionally survey our campuses and recommend current best practices in security.

2018 Job Fair Success I want to applaud the efforts of our Human Resource Department in hosting a highly successful job fair earlier in the week. We had over 120 prospective employees turn out for the event. I would encourage our public to continue to monitor the district website for posted employment opportunities. School bus drivers are always in demand across the entire district.

21st Century Teaching Mr. Robert Frisby and Mr. Barry Pace and our instructional technology team should also be recognized for facilitating the successful third annual BEST STEAM conference at A-B Tech over the past two days! There were over 120 presenters and topics included blended and flipped learning, coding, gaming, and personalized learning.

 Global Education August is a busy month for conferences and training. On August 14, Buncombe County Schools will serve as the official host of a state-wide global education summit. Thank you to Dr. Cheri Boone and her team for all the planning efforts in coordination with World View out of Chapel Hill and our very own LEAF support organization for community arts. We anticipate around 450 participants. You may recall that our district and LEAF became one of only seven teams in the nation to join the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a partner in education.

Our recognitions included:

Alexander Golovchuck, an Avery’s Creek Elementary School student who saved an infant from drowning this summer at a nearby lake.

Also, we heard more from the Buncombe County Schools Foundation about their goals and vision for this upcoming school year!

•  2017-2018 Budget Amendment #10 
•  Strategic Plan 2018-2021 

•  Minutes: June 7, 2018 – Special Called Meeting Open Session
•  Minutes: June 7, 2018 – Regular Meeting Open Session
•  Minutes: June 28, 2018 – Special Called Meeting Open Session
•  Personnel Report with Addendum
•  AC Reynolds High School: Use of Capital Outlay Athletic Allotment
•  Community High School: Alternative Accountability Model Participation
•  Buncombe County Schools’ Proposed Federal Programs for 2018-19
•  RESOLUTION: Declaring Surplus a Portion of the Enka Intermediate School Property & Subleasing to Enka-Candler Fire
    & Rescue Department 
•  Records Retention & Disposal
•  Advisory Council Members for 2018-19
   Policy 3450 – Class Rankings


   Policy 4316 – Student Dress Code
   Policy 4400 – Attendance
   Policy 5010 – Parent Organizations
   Policy 6220 – Operation of Student Food Services

•  The next Board of Education Regular Meeting will be held on September 6, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Minitorium at
   175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC  28806.

Dr. Tony Baldwin

Ann B. Franklin
Madam Chair

Stacia M. Harris
Director of Communications

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