Board Briefing- March 1, 2018

Buncombe County Schools
Board Briefing

Our 2018 new and renewed National Board Certified Teachers stand with their principals.

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Superintendent's Comments

  • School Safety Since the tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, significant discussions have taken place around safety in schools. Within our own schools, safe school teams made up of teachers, administrators and local first responders have been meeting to review the safety protocol that’s currently in place. I want to make our parents and community shareholders aware that on our district website is a communication from me that provides an overview of the activities and procedures dedicated to safety that we have in place. While improving our ability to prevent, mitigate, prepare, and respond to any emergency in our schools represents the highest of priorities, an emphasis on increasing awareness of one’s environment from a safety standpoint is, in my opinion, extremely important to preventing a crisis versus responding to one. Reporting threatening communications that are heard (including on social media) or behaviors that are seen (See Something, Hear Something, Say Something) is a valuable habit all of us – students and adults alike can adopt.
  • Ongoing Discussions In relation to the Parkland tragedy, the Women’s March Organization has called nationally for a 17-minute classroom walk-out on March 14 to protest gun violence. We continue to be in discussions at the district level with all of our principals regarding the structure that will be in place on that day. While we recognize the significance of the event in terms of our students’ voice and advocacy, safety has to be considered, first and foremost. A clear message will be communicated later next week to parents and students regarding the event – so please stay tuned.
  • Thank you! Thanks to our commissioners for visiting the Pro Start Culinary programs and Pre-School labs at three of our high school campuses. We are so proud of the wonderful things going on in our Career Tech classrooms. Speaking of career-development education, the week of March 26 will be Students at Work Week and middle school students across the county will be visiting Health, Hospitality, and Advanced Manufacturing workplaces. Thanks to our CTE Director Christy Cheek for making this happen!
  • Classroom Size Plans I have an update on the K-3 classroom size mandate that was set to go into effect next year. The Governor has now made HB 90 law, and what it does is put the same class size ratios gradually into effect over a three year period so that the full mandate for class size averages goes into place for the 2021-2022 school year. I want to publicly thank the legislature and governor for providing this sequenced effect. HB 90 also provides funding for enhancement teachers Grades K-5 over this period of time. We are awaiting more details as far as the allotment totals for Buncombe County Schools. All of this has budget implications that I will be discussing with our board in the near future.


•  Budget Amendment #5
•  North Buncombe High School: Turf Replacement Project – Authorization to Award Contract
•  Enka High School: Turf Replacement Project – Authorization to Award Contract
•  TC Roberson High School: Track Replacement Project – Authorization to Award Contract
•  TC Roberson High School: Use of Capital Outlay Athletic Allotment for Purchase of Volleyball Net System
•  Glen Arden Elementary School: Drainage Improvements

•  Minutes: February 1, 2018 – Open Session 
•  Minutes: February 1, 2018 – Special Called Open Session
•  Minutes February 14, 2018 – Special Called Open Session
•  Academic Summer School Plans
•  Personnel Report with Addendum
•  Advisory Council Request to Add a Member
•  Advisory Council Member Change
•  Policies For Second Reading
   Policy 1710/4021/7230 – Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying
   Policy 1720/4015/7225 – Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Complaint Procedure
   Policy 7100 – Recruitment and Selection of Personnel
   Policy 7410 – Teacher Contracts
   Policy 7631 – Salary Supplements
   Policy 7635 – Return to Work
   Policy 7810 – Evaluation of Licensed Employees
   Policy 7920 – Reduction in Force: Teachers and School Administrators
•  Quitclaim Conveyance of Montford Property to Asheville City Schools (added to the agenda) 


•  Finance Reports
•  Policies For First Reading
   3101 – Dual Enrollment
   3101R – Guidelines to the Selection of Providers and Access to the North Carolina Virtual Public School for Options to Earn Course Credits for Graduation

•  National School Boards Association Annual Conference - April 7-9, 2018
•  The Board of Education’s Regular Meeting will be held on April 12, 2018 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 science, technology, engineering, and math programs offered to our students to help them create their tomorrow!
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Dr. Tony Baldwin

Ann B. Franklin
Madam Chair

Stacia M. Harris
Director of Communications


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