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New Principal Assignments for 2021-22
New Principal Assignments for 2021-22
Posted on 06/04/2021
Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin today announced seven new administrative assignments for Buncombe County Schools for the 2021-22 school year.By BCS Communications

Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin has announced seven new administrative assignments for Buncombe County Schools for the 2021-22 school year. Several principals announced their retirement earlier this year, creating many opportunities for principals and assistant principals who are currently in the district, and others who will be new to the BCS family! The new assignments are as follows:

Carrie Lynch is the new principal at Avery’s Creek Elementary. Ms. Lynch currently serves as the principal at W.D. Williams Elementary and is the 2021 BCS Principal of the Year. Her past assignments include assistant principal at W.D. Williams and Jones Elementary (Asheville City Schools). Avery’s Creek’s current principal, Denise Montgomery, retires this year.

Christy Jones is the new principal at W.D. Williams Elementary. Ms. Jones is currently an instructional coach in the Roberson District. Her past experience includes assistant principal intern and classroom teacher at Estes Elementary.

Jeanann Yates is the new principal at Hominy Valley Elementary. Ms. Yates is currently the principal at Pisgah Elementary. Her past experience includes assistant principal and classroom teacher for Haywood County Schools. Hominy Valley Principal, Joanne Walker, retires this year.

Katie Harris is the new principal at Pisgah Elementary. Ms. Harris currently serves as assistant principal at Enka High School. Her past experience includes classroom teacher at Enka Intermediate and Candler and Hominy Valley Elementary Schools.

Chip Cody is the new principal at Erwin High School. Mr. Cody currently serves as principal at the Catamount School at Western Carolina University. His past experience includes serving as principal at Eblen Intermediate and assistant principal at Erwin Middle School. Erwin High’s current principal, Greg Bailey, has retired.

Nicholas Honeycutt will serve as principal at Weaverville Primary School. Mr. Honeycutt currently serves as assistant principal at A.C. Reynolds High School. His past experience includes serving as principal in Madison County Schools. Weaverville Primary's current Principal, Steve Chandler, retires this year.

Gina Toomey will serve as principal at the Buncombe County Schools Virtual Academy (BCSVA). Ms. Toomey currently serves as assistant principal at Owen High School. Her past experience includes classroom teacher at Owen High and Enka High. Ms. Toomey will be the first Principal for BCSVA!

“We are pleased to have these strong administrators taking on new roles and responsibilities,” Dr. Baldwin said. “We know there is hard work ahead as we all continue to recover in the wake of the pandemic. These are the right principals to take the helm and help lead the way to student success.”

These assignments were approved by the Board of Education at the May 27 Special Called Board Meeting.

Top (left to right): Chip Cody, Gina Toomey, Carrie Lynch
Middle: Katie Harris
Bottom (left to right): Christy Jones, Nicholas Honeycutt, Jeananne Yates

8/17/2021 Update- Holly Houchard will join seven other new principals as she leads Barnardsville Elementary. Ms. Houchard’s prior experience includes several Principal and Assistant Principal roles in Yancey County Schools.

“I love small community schools,” said Ms. Houchard. “I enjoy being an active participant in daily school procedures, curricular/classroom activities, and building strong school-community relationships. I’m looking forward to working with the students, staff, and families of Barnardsville Elementary!”

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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