Board Briefing- November 1, 2018

Buncombe County Schools
BCS Board Briefing

BCS Counselors and Social Worker of the Year

Photos from this meeting are available on Google Drive.
A video recording is available on YouTube.

Superintendent's Comments 

School Calendar Update A calendar waiver has been approved by the state for the 2019-2020 school year and will allow for an earlier start date- about a week earlier than in the past few years. This will allow our high schools to administer semester exams prior to the holiday break! The calendar that has been submitted to you for approval tonight includes a starting date of Monday, August the 19 and final student date of Friday, May 29, 2020.

Improving Safety Radio Coverage Over the next several weeks all 53 schools in Buncombe County and Asheville City will be hosting visits from specialists to conduct a low band radio repeater analysis of communication quality for local law enforcement, EMS, Highway Patrol. Funding was also approved to support a subsequent equipment enhancement to ensure clear communications between first responders in a potential crisis situation.

Culinary Arts Cook-Off This Saturday, November 3, between Noon and 4:00 p.m., a youth culinary competition will be held at AB Tech Community College in the Magnolia Building. Several of our high school culinary teams (T.C. Roberson, North Buncombe, and Erwin) will participate along with celebrity chef mentors from across Western North Carolina. A $10 admission will allow you to sample all the dishes and support future professional chefs!

Election Day I want to encourage everyone to vote if you have not already done so next Tuesday, November 6!

Our recognitions included:

  • •  School Social Worker of the Year – Aly Curley-Dempsey, Johnston and Hominy Valley Elementary Schools
    •  School Counselors of the Year – Jayme Benfield, Weaverville Elementary; Jennifer Anthony, Valley Springs Middle; David Craig, Community High School
    •  Enka-Candler Fire Department Partnership Recognition
    •  Special Recognition - Sheriff Van Duncan 


  • •  The 2018 North Carolina School Board Association’s Annual Conference will be held November 12-14, 2018  in Greensboro, NC.
    •  The next Board of Education Regular Meeting will be held on December 6, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Minitorium at 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC  28806.

Dr. Tony Baldwin

Ann B. Franklin
Madam Chair

Stacia M. Harris
Director of Communications

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