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BCS Improving Security Across District
BCS Improving Security Across District
Posted on 09/26/2019
A TRC Consulting representative and W.D. Williams Elementary Principal Caroline Lynch discuss lobby security. By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Buncombe County Schools is committed to ensuring the safety and security of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Over the past year, BCS has installed secure video buzz-in doors and expanded surveillance systems across the district. This spring, BCS teamed up with Asheville City Schools (ACS) to hire TRC Consulting, a nationally recognized provider of security solutions. The company is touring every BCS and ACS campus and interviewing staff and parents; they'll conduct comprehensive assessments ranging from exterior and interior security to classroom procedures. From these assessments, TRC will make prioritized recommendations for security improvements.

“Providing a safe and engaging learning environment that prepares students for their tomorrow is our number one priority,” said BCS Assistant Superintendent Joseph Hough. "We are looking forward to this collaboration with TRC to ensure that Buncombe County and Asheville City Schools campuses are as safe and secure as possible. TRC will bring best practices and innovations from around the nation to be implemented in our two school systems."

TRC plans to finish assessing our campuses and making recommendations by the end of 2019.

BCS continues to dedicate enormous resources, including funds and staff time, to improve safety and security in all of our schools. We will continue to adapt and proactively address evolving security issues.

    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, shanon.martin@bcsemail.org, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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