Buncombe County STEM school celebration Feb. 1

Here’s the press release from Buncombe County Schools:

ASHEVILLE, NC: A host of state and local elected officials, business leaders, educators, parents, and students ready to show off some of their technology skills will gather on Saturday, Feb. 1, to celebrate progress on the Buncombe Discovery Academy, a new science, technology, engineering and math-themed high school currently under construction and scheduled to open next fall.

The gathering will feature talks by BCS Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin, N.C. Sen. Tom Apodaca, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chairman David Gantt, Tony Habit of North Carolina New Schools and others. North Carolina’s First Lady Ann McCrory is also expected to attend.

The event will be held in the recently completed “Minitorium” of the new school, located in the BCS Administration facilities at 175 Bingham Road. At Approximately 10 a.m. there will be an official ribbon cutting, followed by a video presentation, remarks from dignitaries, and a robotics scrimmage led by students. Guests will also have the opportunity to experience the new GeoDome, which will be set up following the program.

Following the opening ceremonies, the public is invited to attend an open house from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., during which they can watch the robotics scrimmage, enjoy the GeoDome, and view a video about STEM careers and the new school. Other than the new Minitorium, the school itself is under full construction and not yet accessible to visitors.

Presentations for students, parents and the community will be held at the county’s middle schools during the coming weeks, after which school officials will accept applications from students living in any of the school system’s six attendance districts. Buncombe Discovery Academy will open with a freshman class of 100 students, with additional students to be added each year until it reaches a full capacity of 350-400 students in grades 9-12. The full press release, additional background information and FAQs regarding the new school are attached.


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