Buncombe County Schools, North Carolina

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County Schools
Asheville, North Carolina
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District Profile
Superintendent:Tony Baldwin
Enrollment:25,656 students
Graduation rate:83.2%[1]
Number of schools:43
Budget: $242.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Bob Rhinehart
Board members:7
Term length:4
Buncombe County Schools is a school district in North Carolina that served 25,656 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the 11th-largest school district by enrollment in the state of North Carolina.

About the district

Buncombe County Schools is located in Buncombe County, North Carolina
Buncombe County Schools is located in Buncombe County, North Carolina. The county seat of Buncombe County is Asheville. Buncombe County is home to 247,912 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Buncombe County underperformed in comparison to the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 21.8 percent of Buncombe County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.8 percent for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Buncombe County was $44,155 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Buncombe County was 17.3 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Buncombe County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 89.7 71.7
Black or African American 6.5 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.6
Asian 1.2 2.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 6.3 8.9

Buncombe County Party Affiliation, 2014[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 47,439 25.8
Democratic 75,591 41.0
Libertarian 882 0.5
Unaffiliated 60,175 32.7

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The superintendent of Buncombe County Schools is Dr. Tony Baldwin. Officially taking over this role July 1, 2009, Baldwin previously served as assistant superintendent for five years. He was also principal of A.C. Reynolds High School from 1998 to 2004. Baldwin earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a doctorate in education from Northwestern State University and received his superintendent certification from Western Carolina University.[7]

School board

Buncombe County schools are overseen by a seven-member board elected to four-year terms. Six members are elected by geographic district and one member is elected at-large.[8]

Buncombe County School Board
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Bob Rhinehart Enka District 2006 2014
Chip Craig Owen District 2008 2016
Amy Churchill Roberson District 2012 2016
Dusty Pless At-Large 2000 2016
Lisa Baldwin Reynolds District 2010 2014
Pat Bryant Erwin District 2006 2018
Ann Franklin North Buncombe District 2008 2016

School board elections

See also: Buncombe County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Buncombe County school board are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held each even year. Three seats were up for election in 2014 and four seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Buncombe County school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:


Board meetings are conducted for the purpose of carrying on the official business of the school system. The public is cordially invited to attend board meetings to observe the board as it conducts its official business.

The board of education, as an elected representative body of the school system, also wishes to provide a forum for citizens to express interests and concerns related to the school system. In order that the board may conduct an orderly meeting while providing an opportunity for input, individuals or groups may be heard by the board in accordance with this policy or Subsection D.2 of policy 2300, Board Meetings, which addresses public hearings.


In order that the board may fairly and adequately discharge its overall responsibility, citizens desiring an item to be placed on the agenda for a specific board meeting should direct written requests to the superintendent at least six working days prior to the meeting.

The request should include:

1. the name and address of the person or persons making the request;
2. the organization or group, if any, represented; and
3. a brief explanation of the nature of the item. Questions and/or materials to be presented to the board are to be submitted along with the request. Additional items may be added to the agenda by the board on a two-thirds vote of the board members.

The superintendent shall confer with the chairperson of the board concerning whether to approve placing the requested item on the agenda and to determine the appropriate meeting for such discussion. The superintendent, with the consent of the board chairperson, will accept or deny a request for inclusion on the agenda for any reason determined appropriate by the superintendent and chairperson.

The superintendent shall notify the requesting party of the response to the request. The board may, by majority vote and notwithstanding prior denial by the superintendent, consent to hear a presentation when the appeal to speak is made immediately prior to or during the course of the meeting. The superintendent shall explain any other processes available for addressing the concerns. (See Section C, Reports of Complaints, below.)

The chairperson shall establish the amount of time for individual or group presentations.


Each month, a part of at least one regularly scheduled board meeting will be set aside for citizens to address the board through public comment. A sign-up sheet will be available for any individual or group to indicate their desire to address the board. The chairperson will decide the amount of time devoted to public comments. The superintendent shall develop additional procedures to ensure that public comment sessions proceed in an efficient and orderly manner.

Board members will not respond to individuals who address the board except to request clarification of points made by the presenter.

Except in cases of emergency, information received during presentations will not be acted upon at the time it is received. It will take unanimous vote of the board members present to take action on a presentation considered to be of an unusual or emergency nature at the time it is presented.

Disruptions by any person or persons of a public meeting will be subject to action in accordance with G.S. 143-318.17.

If the board does not hold a regular meeting during a month, the board will not provide a time for public comment at any other meeting held during that month, unless a majority of the board votes to allow public comment at the meeting or unless the purpose of the meeting is a public hearing.


Complaints about the performance of school personnel, implementation of board policy,the quality of the educational program or school facilities should be submitted initially for a response to the school system official responsible for the program or facility or to the superintendent. The superintendent or designee shall make available this policy and other relevant grievance procedures to any individual or group submitting a complaint. The laws and policies of North Carolina provide that issues or concerns involving individual personnel matters are confidential, and therefore, not appropriate for public comment settings. Concerns related to personnel issues may be addressed through the Board’s grievance policies.[9]

—Buncombe County Schools website, (2014)[10]


The table below displays the budget for Buncombe County Schools:[11]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $191,929,406 80.2% $0 0% $19,074,058 8% $7,056,672 3% $2,087,719 0.9% $239,171,220
2013-2014 $190,163,632 77.8% $0 0% $17,577,280 7.2% $0 0% $36,789,026 15% $244,529,938
2014-2015 $195,836,081 80.1% $0 0% $16,856,328 6.9% $0 0% $31,762,113 13% $244,454,522
Averages: $192,643,039.67 79% $0 0% $17,835,888.67 7% $2,352,224 1% $23,546,286 10% $242,718,560

Teacher salaries

Buncombe County Schools employed 1,607 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

The following table details the 2014-2015 starting salary schedule for classroom teachers in North Carolina public schools. Salaries are assigned based on class level of a teacher's license, their experience level and area of assignment. Those who currently hold National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification receive a higher salary.[12][13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 33,000 50,000
Bachelor's + NBPTS 36,960 56,000
Master's 36,300 55,000
Master's + NBPTS 40,260 61,000
6-Year 37,560 56,260
6-Year + NBPTS 41,520 62,260
Doctoral 38,830 57,530
Doctoral + NBPTS 42,790 63,530

Schools in Buncombe County


Buncombe County Schools served 25,656 students in 43 schools during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] The district does not publicly provide archived enrollment data.

Enrollment in Buncombe County Schools dropped during the 2014-2015 school year by around 500 students, 369 of which transferred to charter schools.[14]

District schools

Buncombe County Schools operates 43 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Buncombe County Schools
A. C. Reynolds High
A.C. Reynold's Middle
Avery's Creek Elementary
Barnardsville Elementary
Black Mountain Elementary
Black Mountain Primary
Buncombe County Early & Middle College
C. A. Erwin High
C. A. Erwin Middle
C. C. Bell Elementary
C. D. Owen High
C. D. Owen Middle
Candler Elementary
Cane Creek Middle
Charles T. Koontz Intermediate
Community High School
Emma Elementary
Enka High
Enka Middle
Fairview Elementary
Glen Arden Elementary
Haw Creek Elementary
Hominy Valley Elementary
Joe P. Eblen Intermediate
Johnston Elementary
Leicester Elementary
North Buncombe Elementary
North Buncombe High
North Buncombe Middle
North Windy Ridge
Oakley Elementary
Pisgah Elementary
Progressive Education Program
Sand Hill-Venable Elementary
T. C. Roberson High
Valley Springs Middle
W. D. Williams Elementary
W. W. Estes Elementary
Weaverville Elementary
Weaverville Primary
West Buncombe Elementary
Woodfin Elementary

Academic performance

North Carolina conducts standardized End-of-Course (EOC) tests "to provide a global estimate of the student’s mastery of the material in a particular content area."[15] Students in grades nine though 12 are required to take tests in English I, Biology and Algebra I.

The following table displays composite test results for all students in Buncombe County Schools who took all tests:[16]

Note: Results from 2011-2012 contain retests while those from 2012-2013 do not.
District assessment
Year # At or Above Level III # Valid Scores  % At or Above Level III
2011-2012 5,194 6,485 80.1%
2012-2013 3,113 6,713 46.4%

Contact information

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Buncombe County Schools
175 Bingham Road
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: 828-255-5921
Fax: 828-255-5923

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Buncombe County 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Report 2013-2014," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 National Center for Education Statistics, "Buncombe County, North Carolina," accessed November 24, 2014 (timed out)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Buncombe County, North Carolina," accessed August 8, 2014
  4. North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed August 8, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. Buncombe County Schools, "Dr. Tony Baldwin, Superintendent," accessed November 26, 2014
  8. Buncombe County Schools, "Meet the Board," accessed November 26, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Buncombe County Schools, "District Policies – Series 2000 Board Operations," accessed November 26, 2014
  11. Buncombe County Schools, "Finance & Budget," accessed December 12, 2014
  12. Public Schools of North Carolina, "NC Public School Personnel State Salary Manual," accessed November 29, 2014
  13. Public Schools of North Carolina, "2014-2015 Salary Schedules," accessed November 29, 2014
  14. Citizen-Times, "Enrollment drops at Buncombe County schools," September 23, 2014
  15. Public Schools of North Carolina, "North Carolina End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 28, 2014
  16. Public Schools of North Carolina, "Reports of Disaggregated State, School System (LEA) and School Performance Data for 2011 - 2013," accessed November 28, 2014