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Purpose & Direction
Preparing Students for their Tomorrow.

Purpose, Direction, Beliefs, and Priorities
During the 2011-12 school year, Buncombe County Schools conducted an extensive review process to establish a Strategic Plan for 2018 through 2021, including a Vision, Mission, Core Beliefs, and four board Priorities. On December 1, 2016, the Board of Education voted to update the language of these items for clarity, renaming them to Purpose, Direction, and Beliefs, and preserving the Priorities as written. Under this guidance, our Superintendent has established four initiatives, where these values are put into practice.


To provide safe and engaging learning environments that prepare students for their tomorrow.


Our students will become successful, responsible citizens in an ever-changing global society.

Personalizing Instruction

Recruiting World-Class Educators

Embracing Diversity

Investing Purposefully Collaborating and Communicating

Priority I 
All students will graduate as high-achieving and globally competitive learners with 21st Century skills.

Priority II
All learning environments will be safe, respectful, caring and produce healthy and responsible students.

Priority III
Quality teachers, administrators and staff will provide an innovative and effective educational program for all students.

Priority IV
Systems will be in place to inform, educate and engage the community to build support for schools and ensure accountability.

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, [email protected], 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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