Board Briefing- December 7, 2017

Buncombe County Schools
Board Briefing

BCS Celebrates those earning the NC Global Educator Digital Badge!

Click here to view a photo gallery of the meeting and the Global Educator Digital Badge recognition celebration.

Click here to view the entire meeting video on YouTube.

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:

Global Education Earlier this afternoon, we celebrated six Global Educator Digital Badge recipients and an additional 28 teachers and administrators currently completing the process. We are excited to present them to our district parents and stakeholders later in the agenda. We are pleased to have as our guest Helga Fasciano, Special Assistant for Global Education at the NCDPI. She is responsible for leading the implementation of the State Board’s strategic plan for global education. 

NCSBA Treasurer I want to recognize Amy Churchill who was recently appointed to serve a one year term as Treasurer for the NC School Boards’ Association.

Winter is Coming Just a reminder that as the possibility for winter weather is fast approaching, it is important to make sure that parents have provided the school with updated contact information. I also want to promote an article written by our Communications Department on our district website entitled "Preparing for Winter Weather." It is an informative resource that describes the decision-making process as well as the communications that follow.

All County Band Last Tuesday at A.C. Reynolds High School, three All-County Band Concerts were hosted involving student participants from our middle and high schools. All three concerts included guest conductors and were performed in front of a packed auditorium. A big thanks to Robert Waller for his coordination of the event. Robert is our Cultural Arts Specialist for the district.

State Championship Game Good luck to the A.C. Reynolds Rockets this Saturday as they compete for a state 3A championship in Durham on Saturday. Coach Shane Laws and the team will be attempting to bring back a fourth state football championship to the school. Game time is 7 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium on the Duke campus. There is lots of excitement in the Reynolds community! Seven full buses will head down to the game filled with the team, cheerleaders, band, and student fans. 

2018 Legislative Priorities The NCASA has adopted five legislative priorities for the upcoming 2018 legislative session: Enhance State Support For School District Facilities ($1.9 billion statewide capital bond); Fine Tune School Performance Grades and Accountability System (Increase the 20 percent growth component to 50 percent); Improve Districts’ Ability to Support Their Schools and Students at the Central Office Level (Less than one percent of the state’s school budget is in the central office allotment); and, enhance the New Pay Plan for School Principals and Assistant Principals (the most pressing issue is the need for a Hold Harmless provision to protect veteran principals from losing salary). I hope to highlight these priority areas in the next several board sessions to come. Tonight, I would like to focus on the fifth priority that I believe represents the most pressing concern especially from the budget standpoint: Helping School Districts Meet the Class Size Reduction Mandate.

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


    •  Budget Amendment #2
    •  AC Reynolds High School: ADA Food Lab Renovations – Authorization to Award Contract
    •  Authorize Article 40/42 Funds and Lottery Reallocation for HB 13/K-3 Capital Improvements
    •  Award of Sole Source Contract for 32GB iPad 9.7” 5th GEN Devices
    •  Award of Contract: K-2 Student iPad Cases
    •  Class Size Waiver
  • •  Approval of Low Performing School Plans

    •  The Board of Education’s Regular Meeting will be held on January 11, 2018, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Minitorium at 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC  28806.

The latest BCS Advantage Magazine is here. In this special issue, we highlight the programs in our intermediate and middle schools that make learning unique and effective for our students!

Look inside this issue

Dr. Tony Baldwin

Ann B. Franklin
Madam Chair

Stacia M. Harris
Director of Communications


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