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BCS Foundation Director, Principal Announced
BCS Foundation Director, Principal Announced
Posted on 08/06/2020
Ms. Cristy Cheek, left, and Ms. Tyla Conner Moody.Pictured: Ms. Cristy Cheek, left, and Ms. Tyla Conner Moody.

By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Buncombe County Schools (BCS) is pleased to announce two leadership changes that will continue to improve outcomes for our students.

The Buncombe County Schools Foundation (BCSF) recently named Ms. Christy Cheek as its new director. Ms. Tyla Conner Moody has been named principal of Sand Hill-Venable Elementary School. Ms. Cheek and Ms. Moody both come to their positions with decades of experience.

“They have worked incredibly hard over many years and have proven themselves to be strong leaders in and out of the classroom,” said BCS Associate Superintendent Susanne Swanger. “They always put students first, and we look forward to their continued success with positive outcomes for students and staff.”

Ms. Cheek has been a BCS educator for 31 years. She retired as BCS Career and Technical Education Director in 2018 and received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest award for state service. During her retirement, she worked as a staff member for Land of Sky and the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board. Now she will head the nonprofit that supports students, teachers, administrators, and entire staffs to promote success for all.

“I look forward to being Buncombe County Schools’ loudest cheerleader and continuing the efforts to ensure students have the financial means necessary to continue their post-secondary dreams through the scholarships the Foundation awards,” she said. “Also, I look forward to raising funds for teacher grants so teachers can try new and innovative strategies in their classrooms, whether that is online or face-to-face.”

Ms. Moody has been an assistant principal and Exceptional Children educator in multiple schools for a total of 21 years. She grew up in a family of educators, and has pursued multiple master’s degrees, embodying her desire for students to be lifelong learners.

“The overall success or failure of society depends on how much importance that society places on education,” she said. “It can be pivotal for children as they become young adults, and my goal is to support them as they grow and learn. I am looking forward to meeting the children and supporting them and their families through this very strange and unusual school year. We’re making sure to keep everyone as safe as possible. I look forward to meeting the staff and families, working with them to move forward as a whole community.”

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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