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Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!
Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!
Posted on 08/23/2019
A special message from Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin.

BCS Communications

Buncombe County Schools' Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin welcomes local students, families, teachers, and the community to the new 2019-2020 school year!

In his August 23 message, you'll learn about our district-wide priorities for the days to come, school safety efforts, and two brand new initiatives to help students prepare for their tomorrow. Thanks for being part of our Buncombe County Schools family!

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A Message from Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin

Dr. Tony Baldwin, BCS SuperintendentWelcome back to the start of another exciting school year in buncombe county schools!

A blend of old and new will represent our district-wide priorities for the 2019 – 2020 school year ahead. Within classrooms, we will continue to focus on a back-to-basics theme with high impact literacy instruction across the curriculum. Our intent will be to emphasize speaking, listening, reading, and especially writing skills along with the fundamental concepts of mathematical and scientific logic.

School safety and security remains an essential priority for the upcoming year. Video and audio entrance systems are in place on each of our campuses. Completion of a district-wide facility survey involving a national security consultant should be completed by December. The study will provide a comprehensive and highly-detailed assessment of our schools’ readiness and response capabilities based on the most up-to-date security standards.

We are also excited to launch two brand new initiatives this year, each with the intent to provide students greater academic support and versatility. The Buncombe County Virtual Academy will offer online course options for current enrollees, as well as new students from homeschool backgrounds. Likewise, training will soon begin for implementing the new Naviance platform for all middle and high schools. This new resource will significantly enhance career and posts-secondary planning for all Buncombe County students.

Blending old themes such as back-to-basics literacy, STEM integration across the curriculum, dual language program opportunities, the 1:1 laptop initiative, and Compassionate Schools with these new offerings should make for an exciting year!

I not only wish you an enthusiastic welcome back, but a very sincere wish for a successful 180 school days ahead!

~ Dr. Tony Baldwin

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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