Board Briefing- August 1, 2019

Buncombe County Schools
BCS Board Briefing

JROTC from Charles D. Owen High School performed the presentation of colors for the Aug. 1, 2019 Board of Education meeting.
Army JROTC from Charles D. Owen High School performs the presentation of colors.

Video from this meeting is available on YouTube.

Superintendent's Comments  

The New Year is Here The new school year is just around the corner. On Thursday, August 8, our Early and Middle Colleges will begin classes on the A.B. Tech campus. Then, on Monday, August 19, all of our 262 yellow school buses will be on the road as we welcome students back for their first day on our remaining 41 campuses.

BCS Virtual Academy We will also be welcoming a new campus of sorts this fall – a virtual campus that will be hosting approximately 70 students taking online classes, along with a percentage of them being enrolled in a combination of online and on-campus courses. The Virtual Academy is an exciting new component to meeting the needs of our students and stakeholders. Lots of thanks to Brandon Rice for his time and leadership in working with a number of homeschool families and bringing this concept to a reality.

#BCSGrads Before we begin a new school year, we have to close out the prior year. We officially did just that when, on Wednesday, we graduated 35 students from the most recent summer session of mini-mester. A thank you to Kaye Lamb and our graduation Initiative team, along with the summer school faculty, in supporting these new graduates.

Beginning Teachers At this point of time, I can report that our principals have hired 91 new classroom teachers, and of those, 40 will begin their first year of teaching. On August 12, an orientation session will be held here at Nesbitt Discovery Academy for all teachers new to Buncombe County Schools.

Summer Reading Thanks to Jennifer Reed for her efforts in facilitating a very successful Summer Reading Camp – 699 first-, second-, and third-graders were enrolled in the four-week session. STEM activities were integrated throughout the reading curriculum, breakfast, and lunch served daily, and each child was given three books to keep.

Professional Development It was not only our students in classrooms this summer, more than 350 BCS teachers took part in one or more of the 29 different professional development sessions held in June and July. Most recently, 130 of our school administrators and central office staff attended two days of leadership training. I do want to plug our instructional technology department’s STEAM conference at A.B. Tech next Thursday.

Local Budget It clearly appears that as we begin the new school year we will continue to operate on a state budget that is based on last year’s recurring funding levels. Once a state budget is finalized, there will be implications to the local funding allotment. We appreciate the County’s willingness to meet and address potential adjustments to offset any salary and benefit increases.

•  Sand Hill-Venable Elementary School: Utility Easement Agreement (walk-in document)
•  TC Roberson High School: Easement for Sewer Line Construction and Maintenance
•  Emma Elementary School: Roof Replacement Project Authorization to Award Contract

•  Minutes: June 6, 2019 – Regular Meeting Open Session
•  Minutes: June 27, 2019 – Special Called Meeting
•  Minutes: July 15, 2019 – Special Called Meeting
•  Personnel Report  with Addendum  
•  Advisory Council Members for 2019-2020
•  Buncombe County Schools’ Proposed Federal Programs for 2019-2020
•  Approval of Board Members Training Credits
•  Adoption of New State Records Retention and Disposition Schedule

•  Notification of Informal Construction and Repair Contracts and Change Orders
   Policy 7100 – Recruitment and Selection of Personnel
   Policy 7130 – Licensure
   Policy 7130R – Licensure
   Policy 7300 – Staff Responsibilities
   Policy 7610 – Defense of Board Employees
   Policy 7730 – Employee Conflict of Interest
   Policy 7825R/4705 – Confidentiality of Personal Identifying Information
   Policy 7920 – Reduction in Force
   Policy 7940 – Classified Personnel Suspension and Dismissal

•  The next Board of Education Regular Meeting will be held on September 5, 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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