Board Briefing-October 4, 2018

Buncombe County Schools
BCS Board Briefing

Principal of the Year Mr. Brian Chandler stands with administrators and staff from West Buncombe Elementary.
Principal of the Year Mr. Brian Chandler stands with administrators and staff from West Buncombe Elementary at the October 4, 2018, Board of Education meeting.

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

Superintendent's Comments 

Surviving the Storm 72 of the 115 school systems including BCS were affected by Hurricane Florence through school closings or delay. It’s estimated that the cost of physical damage to school districts across eastern NC to total 40 million dollars. I want to add our appreciation for the bill passed by the legislature that provides flexibility to the instructional hour requirements for these hard-hit districts as well as salary and pay relief to their teachers and employees. Six school systems still remain closed through the remainder of this week (Brunswick, Craven, Jones, Onslow, Pender and Robeson). A number of our schools and sports teams have joined in the hurricane relief effort. A few include: North Buncombe High School and A.C. Reynolds High School packed food and sorted supplies for evacuees; Erwin High’s football team adopted East Carteret High; Reynolds and Roberson High School soccer teams collected money donations at a recent match; and, W.D. Williams, Pisgah and Haw Creek Elementary Schools collected supplies and basic essentials.

School Safety Improvements We received good news this week from Raleigh regarding a school safety equipment grant. We have been approved to receive $120,061 for high school video /door access controls. This represents our third safe schools grant award. Previously, $230,170 was awarded for school mental health support and $333,000 in additional SRO (School Resource Officer) positions. Thanks to Joe Hough, Barry Pace, Clark Wyatt, and the School Security Committee for their efforts. The committee will be making a presentation to the Capital Commission on October 15 to include a comprehensive security study for each school campus and support funding to enhance low band public safety radio coverage in our schools. School safety will be our primary focus at the October 16 district advisory council meeting at North Buncombe High School at 6 p.m.

CTE Success Thanks to Christy Cheek for her leadership in making several educational opportunities happen for our CTE students and teachers this week! On Monday, Middle College students visited local advanced manufacturers including ABB and Eaton. Yesterday, 100 of our high school students attended a Leadership Career Academy hosted by the Biltmore Estate. I had an opportunity to hear an excellent panel of experts talk about the hard and soft skills employers are looking for in future employees. Tomorrow, Linamar, Park Ridge Health, Mountain Area Workforce Development, and the N.C. Department of Commerce will host 150 teachers from around our region in celebration of Educators in Industry and Manufacturing Day. It is never too early to plant a seed for our students regarding a future career. Advanced manufacturing along with health services and hospitality/tourism represent career pathways for our graduates.

Our recognitions included:

  • •  Reynolds High School: Audrey Meigs, Girl Up Club
    •  Erwin High School: DeAnna Leigh Clark, Leadercast-Asheville Young Leaders Essay Scholarship
    •  PT Solutions & Emerge Ortho-Blue Ridge Bone & Joint Recognition: David Ball, District Athletic Specialist
    •  Principal of the Year: Brian Chandler, West Buncombe Elementary School
    •  Valley Springs Middle & Emma Elementary: School Performance Recognition

      •  Avery’s Creek Elementary School: Art & Music Addition Project – Authorization to Award Contract
      •  Community High School: Water Line Easement and Transfer
      •  NCSBA Voting Delegates Form

      •  Minutes: September 6, 2018 – Regular Meeting Open Session
      •  Personnel Report 
      •  Advisory Council Request to Change a Member
      •  Resolution approving the subleasing of a portion of the Enka Intermediate school property to Enka-Candler Fire & Rescue Department

    •  The Buncombe County Schools District-Wide Advisory Council meeting will be held on October 16, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at North Buncombe High School at 890 Clarks Chapel Road, Weaverville, NC 28787.

  • •  The next Board of Education Regular Meeting will be held on November 1, 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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