Buncombe County Schools, North Carolina
|Asheville, North Carolina|
|Number of schools:||43|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Bob Rhinehart|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Buncombe County
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtBuncombe 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.
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.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. 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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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:
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT BOARD MEETINGS Policy Code: 2310
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.
A. REQUESTS TO PLACE ITEM ON THE AGENDA
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;
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.
B. PUBLIC COMMENT
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.
C. REPORTS OF COMPLAINTS
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.
—Buncombe County Schools website, (2014), 
The table below displays the budget for Buncombe County Schools:
|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|
Buncombe County Schools employed 1,607 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.
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.
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|Bachelor's + NBPTS||36,960||56,000|
|Master's + NBPTS||40,260||61,000|
|6-Year + NBPTS||41,520||62,260|
|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. 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.
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|
|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|
|Cane Creek Middle|
|Charles T. Koontz Intermediate|
|Community High School|
|Glen Arden Elementary|
|Haw Creek Elementary|
|Hominy Valley Elementary|
|Joe P. Eblen Intermediate|
|North Buncombe Elementary|
|North Buncombe High|
|North Buncombe Middle|
|North Windy Ridge|
|Progressive Education Program|
|Sand Hill-Venable Elementary|
|T. C. Roberson High|
|Valley Springs Middle|
|W. D. Williams Elementary|
|W. W. Estes Elementary|
|West Buncombe Elementary|
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." 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:
- Note: Results from 2011-2012 contain retests while those from 2012-2013 do not.
|Year||# At or Above Level III||# Valid Scores||% At or Above Level III|
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- Buncombe County Association of Educators
- North Carolina Association of Educators
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- Public Schools of North Carolina, "Buncombe County 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Report 2013-2014," accessed November 24, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Buncombe County, North Carolina," accessed November 24, 2014 (timed out)
- United States Census Bureau, "Buncombe County, North Carolina," accessed August 8, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed August 8, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Buncombe County Schools, "Dr. Tony Baldwin, Superintendent," accessed November 26, 2014
- Buncombe County Schools, "Meet the Board," accessed November 26, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Buncombe County Schools, "District Policies – Series 2000 Board Operations," accessed November 26, 2014
- Buncombe County Schools, "Finance & Buget," accessed December 12, 2014
- Public Schools of North Carolina, "NC Public School Personnel State Salary Manual," accessed November 29, 2014
- Public Schools of North Carolina, "2014-2015 Salary Schedules," accessed November 29, 2014
- Citizen-Times, "Enrollment drops at Buncombe County schools," September 23, 2014
- Public Schools of North Carolina, "North Carolina End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 28, 2014
- Public Schools of North Carolina, "Reports of Disaggregated State, School System (LEA) and School Performance Data for 2011 - 2013," accessed November 28, 2014
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