Board Briefing- September 7, 2017

Buncombe County Schools
Board Briefing

2018 District Teachers of the Year

Superintendent's Comments

Dr. Tony Baldwin commented on a variety of topics concerning Buncombe County Schools and its students, faculty, staff, and the communities served by the system. These remarks included:

Celebrating a New Year We are off to a very good start as today represented Day 8 of the new school year! Since August 28, I’ve had the opportunity to visit classrooms in all 43 of our schools. I’m impressed with how efficiently our teachers and students have stepped back into the classrooms and a quality learning environment. I would also note how clean and inviting our school buildings and campuses look. This past summer, Mr. Clark Wyatt and our maintenance department put a lot of time and effort going district to district helping beautify the campuses-a big thanks to them for a job well done. Likewise, we are so fortunate to have the many community partnerships, including local churches, providing volunteers who donated considerable amounts of time on school grounds– many thanks for their assistance!

New Faces I want to officially welcome the 232 new employees to our Buncombe County School Family - 130 of those are new classroom teachers and certified support staff. Thanks to Mrs. Cynthia Lopez and the Human Resources staff who put in many dedicated hours over the summer to assist our schools throughout the hiring process. I am sure our board would agree that the orientation session was extremely well organized and a great way to welcome our new employees.

School Grades Released School Performance Results from the previous 2016-17 school year were officially released by the State Board of Education earlier this afternoon. Mr. Steve Earwood will be providing you a comprehensive presentation of the data at the next board session in October. I am pleased to announce that our four-year graduation rate rose from 85.74% to 88.32%! Our rate also exceeded the state’s average of 86.5%. Congratulations to the Graduation Initiative teams and all of our community partners including Eblen Charities, United Way, YMCA and Children’s First. I also send kudos to Owen High and Community High for raising their graduation rates over the previous year by 8% each – the highest increases among our schools! There were definitely some highlights regarding individual school growth as Valley Springs Middle exceeded their growth target for the fifth consecutive year, and Emma Elementary exceeded growth for the fourth consecutive year. Congratulations to North Windy Ridge Intermediate for achieving the highest growth index across the district and to Erwin High School for the highest growth of all middle and high schools. 

Digital 1:1 In closing, I would like to mention from our Technology Initiative front, Phase III student 1:1 devices are currently being rolled out to all 10th-12th graders. Plus, elementary school STEM Lab Coordinators received training last week. This means that ALL of our Elementary Schools will enjoy having a STEM Lab this year after a very successful pilot in 6 elementary schools last year.

To view a more detailed summary of the Superintendent’s Comments, click HERE.


•  2016-17  Budget Amendment #10
•  Community High School: Approve CMAR Contract Amendment #2
•  Community High School: Accept the GMP and Authorize CMAR to Proceed

•  The Teacher of the Year Banquet will be held on September 27, 2017.
•  The NCSBA District 8 meeting will be held on September 28, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the Nesbitt Discovery Academy at175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806
•  The Board of Education’s Regular Meeting will be held on October 5, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Minitorium aT 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC  28806.
•  The Buncombe County Schools District-Wide Advisory Council meeting will be held on October 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at Enka High School at 475 Enka Lake Road, Candler, NC 28715.

The latest BCS Advantage Magazine is here. Meet some of our recent graduates and hear about some of the hopes and dreams of some Haw Creek Kindergarten students. 

                                    Spring 2017
                                     You can read it online now!

Dr. Tony Baldwin

Ann B. Franklin
Madam Chair

Stacia M. Harris
Director of Communications


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