Purpose & Direction

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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.

BCS Purpose, Directions, and Beliefs