Board Briefing- May 2, 2019

Buncombe County Schools
BCS Board Briefing

The color guard of North Buncombe High School begins the May 2, 2019 Board of Education Regular Meeting.

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

Superintendent's Comments  

Capital Outlay Process: I want to begin by recognizing the members of our Capital Outlay Committee and the dedicated time and efforts in participating in the capital outlay budget process. The following staff members did excellent work within a very comprehensive yet efficient process: Joe Hough, Tim Fierle, Clark Wyatt, Barry Pace, Carol Ray, Greg Hensley. Also, I’d like to recognize our principal representatives: Tonya Robinson, Jamie Johnson, Jeremy Stowe and Carrie Lynch. A special thanks to Tina Thorpe who managed and connected all the data and information that consisted of $80 million of requests and $13 million of 40 /42 monies available.

In our moment of silence, we recognized the tragedy that recently occurred on the UNC-Charlotte campus. Once again, it underscores the importance of school safety and preparedness. One component involves the assessment of our school campuses and buildings. That process has been initiated in both the Buncombe County and Asheville City school systems as a result of the School Security Assessment that has been funded through the Buncombe County Capital Commission.

As National Child Abuse month just ended earlier this week, I want to take this opportunity to reinforce the message that Buncombe County Schools has been presenting in our Reproductive Health and Safety classes for over 30 years. We have always stressed the importance of healthy relationships, setting boundaries, consent, and both preventing and reporting inappropriate sexual contact. We strive to create a safe and non-judgmental learning environment but also to provide a safe place for all students to report any unwelcome sexual conduct. Our three Reproductive Health and Safety Educators provide this consistent message at all schools. Additional presentations and resources are also available from community agencies such as Our Voice and Help-Mate.

I would like to recognize a few recently held programs that impressively showcased the skills and talents of our students in Buncombe County Schools: First, our Top Scholar Awards Banquet was held at the Asheville Renaissance on Tuesday and honored the top academically performing seniors in our high schools. Dr. Darin Waters was the guest speaker and gave a very inspirational talk centered on curiosity. Darin is not only a highly distinguished professor at UNC Asheville, but also a graduate of Buncombe County Schools. Our All-County Middle School and High School strings concert was held last Friday at Erwin High School, and our student musicians played to a packed house. The fourth annual Do the WRITE Thing essay contest, sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s office, took place in late April. This year’s contest was won by Sadie Koch Miller a student at Reynolds Middle School. These student essays reflected upon the prevention of violence and bullying in school communities. Finally, today T.C. Roberson High School hosted the Asheville Buncombe Special Olympics. Thanks to our participating student athletes and the many volunteers from our schools and school communities.

Speaking of showcasing, we do have some important events scheduled for this month. This Saturday, Nesbitt Discovery Academy will once again host a STEM day with lots of activities scheduled for children of all ages and their families. During the month of May we’ll enjoy many theater productions at many of our high schools – check the individual schools’ websites for dates, times and ticket information. Or, check out the district arts calendar. Also, a reminder that students are not in school on Memorial Day.

In closing, I want to recognize our educators who took part in yesterday’s Advocacy for Public Education Day both those who rallied in Raleigh as well as staff who advocated through local events. Expanding Medicaid, elevating the minimum wage, increasing certified support staff in schools and reinstating state retiree health benefits are certainly worthy goals for all of us to advocate for.

  • •  Johnson & Wales University 2019 ProStart Invitational Winners:
       2019 Culinary Winners – Roberson High School, 3rd Place
       2019 Management Winners – 2nd Place: North Buncombe High, 3rd Place: Clyde A. Erwin High

    •  STEM Celebration - NC Science Math Technology Instructional Leader of the Year: Carla Billups, Elementary STEM Coach. NC Elementary Science Math Technology Teacher of the Year: Jennifer Tatum, Fairview Elementary.

•  Budget Amendment #6
•  Approval of Funding Request for Current Expense and Capital Appropriation and Submission of the 2019-2020 Preliminary Budget to  County Commissioners
•  Haw Creek Elementary School Additions and Renovations Project: Approval of Construction Manager At Risk Contract
•  North Buncombe High School: Authorization of Change Order to Increase Scope of Re-Roofing
•  North Buncombe Middle School Driveway & Site Improvements Project: Approval of Change Order for Additional Undercut and Stone Required Due to Poor Soil Conditions
•  Owen High School: Capital Athletic Allotment Request
•  Appointment to A.B. Technical Community College Board of Trustees- K. Ray Bailey was nominated and his name sent to the Asheville City School Board for their approval - Bailey is a long time educator, former Buncombe Co. Commissioner, and former president of A.B. Tech.

•  Minutes:  April 2, 2019 – Regular Meeting Open Session
•  Minutes:  April 24, 2019 – Special Called Meeting Work Session
•  Personnel Report
    Policy 4120 – Domicile or Residence Requirements

•  Finance Reports
•  2019-2020 Budget Process Resource Materials (Supplemental Information) (walk-in document)
    Policy 3405 – Students At Risk of Academic Failure


•  The next Board of Education Regular Meeting will be held on June 6, 2019, with Work Session Updates, Dinner and Closed Session beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Executive Conference Room and the Open Session beginning 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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