Board Briefing- September 5, 2019
Buncombe County Schools
BCS Board Briefing

Representatives from the BCS Finance Dept. were recognized for recent awards in financial reporting excellence.
Representatives from the BCS Finance Department were recognized for recent awards in financial reporting excellence.

Photos from this meeting are available on Google Drive.
 Video from this meeting will be available on YouTube.

Superintendent's Comments 

Smooth Start I want to thank our principals, teachers, and students across the entire school district for a smooth start to the 2019-2020 school year. There are so many moving parts to creating a good transition back but the key is starting day one with classrooms where quality instruction and learning is prioritized. This is what I certainly witnessed in my many school visits across the county these past three weeks.

Performance Results Our 2018-2019 school performance results were approved yesterday by the State Board of Education. Overall, we fell short of meeting the high standard that was set during the 17-18 school year – 32 of our 42 schools either met or exceeded their growth targets. This compared to 36 schools achieving or surpassing growth projections the previous year. -School performance grades were distributed as follows: 2 schools received A’s; 17 received B’s; 20 acquired C’s; 3 received D grades and one school obtained an F designation. As you may recall, school performance grades were determined using a 15-point scale (which has now been made permanent) and a formula that is weighted 80% proficiency and 20% growth. While we recognize and have cause to celebrate a number of successful results including six of our high schools that matched an A or B grade performance with met or exceeded growth status, we share the disappointment of our first school to receive a failing grade and low performing designation. I know that all of you board members have visited Johnston Elementary, several of you serving as volunteer readers and student mentors. I believe that you would agree, Johnston’s - as well as Oakley’s, Erwin Middle’s and Avery Creek’s - classrooms have extremely dedicated teachers and educators along with students that truly want to successfully learn. Within all schools across the district, I strongly believe that a back to basics approach to balanced literacy instruction is a key to achieving district-wide success. When instructional rigor and high student expectations are prioritized, growth takes place and increased proficiency follows. It is not unreasonable to expect each of our schools to successfully meet or exceed annual growth targets for their student populations. Regarding growth, I am pleased to note that seven of our schools: Nesbitt Discovery Academy, Owen High Schools and Enka High School, North Buncombe Middle, North Windy Ridge, West Buncombe, and North Buncombe Elementary Schools all exceeded their annual growth targets for the second year in a row!

Going Global Ten years ago, we as a school system placed global education as a priority initiative in our schools. One aspect of that initiative was to provide dual language classrooms for grades K through 5 in at least one school per district – we’ve successfully accomplished that goal! Another Global Education component consisted of bringing international teachers into our classrooms to share not only a different world language but a diversity of cultures. This year, we have 35 international teachers coming from countries such as Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Spain. Most recently, we have had seven more BCS educators receive their N.C. Global Educator Digital Badge bringing our total to 30 plus teachers and principals currently working on or having obtained the badge!

2020 Teacher of the Year Finally, I want to remind you that next Tuesday, our annual Teacher of the Year Banquet will take place at Celine and Company on Broadway Street beginning at 6:30 p.m. I think you will especially enjoy the wonderful video recognizing our seven finalists that our Communications Team put together!

•  2018-2019 Budget Amendment #9
•  TC Roberson High School: Request for Grading Easement at 64 Long Shoals Road 

•  Minutes: August 1, 2019 – Regular Meeting Open Session
•  Personnel Report
•  Advisory Council Members for 2019-20
•  Advisory Council Request to Add Members
   Policy 7100 – Recruitment and Selection of Personnel
   Policy 7130 – Licensure
   Policy 7300 – Staff Responsibilities
   Policy 7610 – Defense of Board Employees
   Policy 7730 – Employee Conflict of Interest
   Policy 7920 – Reduction in Force
   Policy 7940 – Classified Personnel Suspension and Dismissal

•  2019-2020 Yellow Bus List
•  Policy 4400R –  Attendance Procedures 

Dr. Tony Baldwin

Ann B. Franklin
Madam Chair

Stacia M. Harris
Director of Communications

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