Board Briefing- April 12,2018

Buncombe County Schools
BCS Board Briefing

Barry Pace, Jim Oliver, and Bill Murdock stand together at the April 12, 2018 Board of Education Regular Meeting.
View/download photos from the April 12 Regular Meeting.

Superintendent's Comments

Students @ Work Week Two weeks ago, under the leadership of Christy Cheek, CTE Director, we had over 800 middle school students participate in a very successful Students@Work Week, giving them the opportunity to visit a number of local workplaces, many representing future STEM-related careers. Advanced Manufacturing, Medical/Health Services, IT, County Government, and Hospitality/Tourism were represented. At Mission Hospital, Governor Roy Cooper honored us by attending one of the sessions. I had the opportunity to attend the session at the Doubletree in Biltmore – what a great experience!

First Place Finish Congrats to the three-student team from Erwin High School that out-cooked seven other teams across the state to claim victory in the first-ever NC Jr. Chef Competition held at Guilford Technical Community College. They now will be representing N.C. at the Southeast Regional Competition in Louisville, Kentucky. This certainly supports the value of our new Pro Start High School Food Labs!

Youth Summit Earlier today, student leadership teams from each of our high schools participated in a local Youth Opioid Summit that was held at the WCU-Biltmore Park facility. Both David Thompson and Debbie Bryant were key facilitators of the session – I was very impressed with both the quality and honesty of dialogue expressed by our students concerning this community crisis.

Honoring Top Scholars A reminder that our annual Top Scholars Banquet is around the corner. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 25th, at the Downtown Renaissance Hotel beginning at 6:00 p.m. This is always such a positive and fun event.

Safety First Safety in schools consistently remains the highest of priorities in our district. Next Tuesday, April 17, a half-day Safe Schools Symposium will be held at Ridgecrest with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. Thanks to Mr. Joe Hough for organizing this event! A number of relevant keynote speakers and breakout sessions will be included. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Speaking of safe schools – our afternoon Capital Outlay and Facility Needs work session on May 2 will center on the priority for enhancing safety in our buildings and on our campuses.  

Calendar Changes My final item has to do with our school calendar. I don’t yet know if spring has actually sprung, but I do know that we have experienced an awfully long winter! The cancellation of school on March 14 represented the ninth day lost to inclement weather this year. Our current makeup plans in effect include the 20 additional minutes currently added to days in April, the conversion of May 30 (Memorial Day) from an optional teacher workday to a student attendance day (with an early dismissal), and extending the end of the calendar to include June 13. It is my recommendation that no further make up efforts be made. The current plan well exceeds the 1,025 hours of instructional time required by the state. I would also note that this plan has aligned with our survey results that gave priorities to converting March 30 and May 30 to attendance days as well as the strategy of adding 20 additional minutes daily to a school month. All schools have reported strategies to best utilize any additional time from an instructional standpoint.  I would also remind the Board that due to the number of days lost, we have qualified for waivers relative to the start and end dates of our calendars for both 2018-2019 (Next Year) and 2019-2020.

The full Superintendent's Comments are available as a downloadable PDF. 


•  Budget Amendment #6
•  Award of Contract for Cellular Phone Service
•  AC Reynolds High School: Roof Area I Replacement Project – Authorization to Award Contract
•  Haw Creek Elementary School: Roof Replacement Project – Authorization to Award Contract
•  Leicester Elementary School: Roof Replacement Project – Authorization to Award Contract
•  CA Erwin High School: Approval of Design Contract for School Nutrition Kitchen Renovations 
•  Authorization of Lottery Application for Discovery Academy & District Wide Freezer Cooler Replacement
•  Community High School: Additions & Renovations Project – Power Service Easement

•  The Buncombe County Schools Top Scholar Awards Banquet will be held on April 25, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel.
•  The Board of Education’s Regular Meeting will be held on May 3, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Minitorium at 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC  28806.
•  The Board of Education will have a Special Called meeting on May 3, 2018 at 1:15 p.m. in the Board Auditorium at 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806

Dr. Tony Baldwin

Ann B. Franklin
Madam Chair

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