Employee Benefits
Please carefully and thoroughly review all of the information below BEFORE registering for a time slot to attend a new employee benefits meeting. You must complete all four (4) steps at the bottom of this page within 30 days of your start date.
Employee Benefits Overview
  •  • BCS employees in full-time, permanent positions are eligible to receive full-time benefits.
    Full-time means at least 30 hours per week.  Permanent means at least six (6) full, consecutive months of employment or anticipation of permanent employment.
     • Employees in part-time, permanent positions are eligible to receive part-time benefits. Part-time means at least 20 hours per week. Permanent means at least six (6) full, consecutive months of employment or anticipation of permanent employment.

Local Supplement
If approved each year by the county commissioners, a local supplement is paid to permanent employees. Some restrictions apply. The rate of the local supplement for 2018-2019 are in the chart below:

Licensed employees:            
0-4 years on license
5-9 years on license
10-14 years on license
15-19 years on license
20-24 years on license
25-29 years on license
30+ years on license
8.50% of base salary
9.50% of base salary
10.50% of base salary
11.50% of base salary
12.50% of base salary
13.50% of base salary
16.00% of base salary
Non-licensed employees: 10.77% of base salary

Full-time benefits include:

  •  • Enrollment in the Teachers and State Employees’ Retirement System of the State of North Carolina
  •  • Enrollment in the State Health Plan for the individual employee (employees may pay for dependent coverage)
  •  • Accrual of annual leave and longevity pay (if applicable) are as follows:

    Years of State Service Annual Leave Rate [days earned/month]
    Less than 5 years 1.1666
    5 but less than 10 yrs 1.4166
    10 but less than 15 yrs 1.6666
    15 but less than 20 yrs 1.9166
    20 years or more 2.1666
  •  • For classifications of employees eligible to receive longevity, it is paid once a year in a lump sum based upon the employees' anniversary month.
    • Those paid on a teacher, assistant principal or principal pay scale, are not eligible to receive longevity.
    • Sick leave is accrued at the rate of one day per month. Licensed employees who are considered instructional personnel also earn personal leave and extended sick leave.  
    • Full-time employees earn sick leave at the rate of one day per month.  Sick leave can be used towards creditable service time after an employee has become vested (5 years of contributing service).  20 sick leave days = 1 month of service. 21 sick leave days = 2 months of service. 
  • Employees of Buncombe County Schools are eligible for the standard State of North Carolina Longevity Plan. The rates are shown below:

    Years of State Service Longevity Pay Rate
    (% of the annual rate of pay)
    10 but less than 15 1.50 percent
    15 but less than 20 2.25 percent
    20 but less than 25 3.25 percent
    25 or more 4.50 percent
Permanent part-time employees (at least 20 hours per week) accrue leave, may purchase health insurance, and are eligible for the local supplement.
As a new full-time employee, you will be offered health insurance, dental, vision, and group term life insurance. Below are videos, information related to all of the different insurances, and enrollment forms to accept or decline the coverage. You will also become a contributing member of the North Carolina Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System which you cannot decline. You will get information about designating your beneficiary(ies) later in this presentation.
Health Insurance:
Before proceeding, please view the State Health Plan information videoEmployees are covered for 12 months of health insurance but deductions are taken in 10 monthly deductions. If you choose to add dependents to your policy or start after the beginning of the school year, there will be an additional amount owed for premiums missed to cover the summer months.  Unless arrangements have been made, this additional amount will be payroll deducted from your paycheck.  See BCS Health Insurance Premium Rates and State Health Plan Comparison information below:
When making changes to your health insurance plan due to a qualifying event, you must provide copies of supporting documentation WITHIN 30 DAYS. Examples of this documentation include tax returns and/or birth or marriage certificates. Employees need to upload this documentation to the "Document Center" located in their eEnroll account. If you have questions, please e‐mail Stephanieg.Davis@bcsemail.org.
If you have additional questions regarding the State Health Plan, please visit http://www.shpnc.org to learn more about your benefits. Changes to your health plan can only be made during annual enrollment which is set by the State Health Plan. If you have changes outside of annual enrollment with a qualifying life event please contact Stephanieg.Davis@bcsemail.org within 30 days of the event.
Flexible Benefits:
As a new full-time employee, you are offered the following flexible benefits: Dental, Vision, Group Term Life and additional insurances that will be discussed during your benefits meeting. If you choose any of the insurances, the effective date will be the first day of the month following your full-time employment date dependent upon approval.

As a full time, permanent employee, you can enroll in or change any of your flexible benefits during the “Flexible Benefits Annual Enrollment” usually scheduled in January and February each year for coverage that begins July 1 and administered by Pierce Group Benefits. If you want additional information about our Flexible Benefits Plan, go to http://piercegroupbenefits.com/client/buncombecountyschools.

Additional information about Flexible Benefits: If you have changes outside of Annual Enrollment with a qualifying life event, please contact anita.proffitt@bcsemail.org or 828-255-5901 within 30 days of the event

  • Group Term Life Insurance
    Buncombe County Schools provides all eligible full-time employees with group term life insurance coverage of $7,000 at no cost to the employee; enrollment must be completed. Through the convenience of payroll deduction, you have the opportunity to purchase $10,000 up to a maximum of $200,000 or the lesser of 5 times your salary. You may also purchase $10,000 up to $50,000 of coverage on your spouse and $5,000 to $10,000 on your eligible child(ren). Note: the spouse and child(ren) coverage cannot exceed 100% of your benefit. No person may be covered both as an employee and dependent (spouse or child) and no person may be covered as a dependent of more than one employee. Your coverage will be effective the 1st day of the month following your date of hire dependent upon approval.
  • Vision Insurance
    You may choose from two plans: Exam & Materials Plan (Plan 1), or Materials Only Plan (Plan 2)
  • Dental Insurance
    You can purchase dental insurance for yourself and dependents. If you do not enroll in the dental coverage when first eligible for benefits and decide to enroll during annual enrollment, you will be considered a “Late Entrant” and fall under different waiting periods.
    Click the images below to download complete information: 
Additional Insurances
Visit http://piercegroupbenefits.com/client/buncombecountyschools
North Carolina Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System:
You will need to complete your retirement benefits enrollment by logging on to the NC Retirement System to set up an account in ORBIT (Online Retirement Benefits through Integrated Technology) within two weeks after you receive your paycheck at the end of the month. This will allow you to activate your account and designate your beneficiaries online for the death benefit and the return of contributions benefit.
Visit www.myncretirement.com and click on the “ORBIT” button to register and log on. Please write down your new username and password as you can return to your account to update personal information, view your vesting status and retrieve the yearly retirement benefit statement. Once you have completed the process you will receive an email notification from the retirement system which will include “Welcome Packet” and acknowledgement letter.
If you do not have an email address to receive confirmation, Form 2RC and Form 2DB can be downloaded and printed. You will need to complete both forms, have them notarized and mail to the address at the bottom of the form.
Please click on the following link to get further information about the North Carolina Teachers and State Employees Retirement System https://www.nctreasurer.com/ret/Welcome%20Packet/TSERSNewHirePresentation.pdf.
Additional Employee Benefits and Notices:
  •  • State Employee's Credit Union - visit www.ncsecu.org or a local branch for information and/or to set up an account.
Once you have reviewed the above information, please follow the steps below to enroll in benefits.  You must complete all four (4) steps within 30 days of your start date.
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  1. 1. Make an appointment to attend a new employee benefits meeting.
    Sign Up Now!
    PLEASE NOTE: If you can't make the time slot you registered for via SignUp Genius, please log back in and change your seat quantity from 1 to 0.
  2. 2. You will receive an email from Stephanieg.Davis@bcsemail.org with instructions on how to enroll in the State Health Plan. If you do not enroll within thirty (30) days of your start date, then you must wait until the next annual enrollment for health insurance or have a qualifying life event.
  3. 3. You are eligible to purchase dental, vision, and group term life insurance. You will also want to enroll in the free life insurance. You are also eligible to enroll in additional insurances. Click HERE for more information.

  4. 4. Before or after attending this meeting... make sure the Human Resources Department has made a copy of your driver's license, Social Security card and Health Examination Certificate and if applicable, a copy of your teaching credentials, work authorization documents, and/or Title I documents.
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