UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder announced today, Jan. 16, 2014, that she plans to retire from university service on July 31, 2014.
After nearly a year of debate, Buncombe County commissioners unanimously voted Jan. 14 to spend $40.5 million to build a new Asheville Middle School.
It was a historic year for Buncombe County government, as the first Board of Commissioners to be elected by districts took the reins.
In a fourth-grade classroom at Hall Fletcher Elementary, two boys are huddled around the pint-sized table they use as their desk. One is reading from Page 72, problem No. 4, in his math book. As the pair work through the problem, the second boy chronicles the process, recording each step on an iPad cradled in his hands.
Against a backdrop of government funding cuts, a diverse group of community members is rallying to improve the Asheville elementary school with the highest percentage of impoverished students.
The discovery of Abraham Lincoln in a rare photo at the scene of the Gettysburg Address has put local professor Christopher Oakley in the national spotlight as the 150th anniversary of the president’s famed oratory approaches.
On Wednesday August 21, 2013, Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County schools will be back in session. And the Asheville Police Department is asking for assistance in keeping local children safe as they return to school, producing a video that urges drivers to use caution.
With less than a week before the first day of school begins, close to 200 local teachers and education advocates argued that state legislators need to be taught a lesson this November after failing students, teachers and public schools with budget cuts adopted this summer. (Photo by Max Cooper)
Buncombe Commissioners unanimously approved spending $1.98 million Aug. 6 to buy land for a new school in Enka.
Confused by competing political claims over public school funding in the recently approved North Carolina budget? The N.C. Department of Public Instruction prepared an analysis with the aim of clarifying the budget’s impact on schools.
Buncombe County Commissioners convene Aug. 6 to consider a variety of issues, including building a new school, creating a Buncombe County Culture and Recreation Authority, and establishing new zoning rules.
Three recent community meetings gave Buncombe County residents a chance to raise concerns with the Board of Commissioners.
Asheville residents focused much of a July 15 community meeting with the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on new schools and a possible new shooting range.
As the deadline to finalize the county budget approaches, Buncombe commissioners huddled with staff June 4 to make decisions on two new Asheville city school buildings.
During their May 28 meeting, Buncombe County commissioners heard from members of the Safe Schools Task Force, which was formed in the wake of December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that left 20 students dead. Charged with evaluating the safety of Buncombe County schools, the group made a number of recommendations to commissioners.
Today, May 23, is Bob Moog Day in Asheville, honoring the legendary instrument inventor on what would’ve been his 79th birthday.
Even as corporations spend billions of dollars on advertising and lobbying to encourage maximum consumption, local environmental educators are working hard to shape a more sustainable worldview — one mind at a time. (Pictured: Sarah Duffer; photo by Max Cooper)
I would like to personally thank Mountain Xpress and Commissioner Mike Fryar for highlighting everything that is wrong with, and will spell the ultimate demise of the Republican Party [“Building Knowledge,” Feb. 27 Xpress]. Fryar makes the woefully ignorant statement: "In the Kentucky coal mining town where [I] attended elementary school, if a breeze blew […]
Asheville City School officials pitched the Buncombe County commissioners on building two new schools March 5, but no decision was made on funding the roughly $65.8 million request.
At their March 5 meeting, Buncombe County commissioners will consider a proposal by the Asheville City Schools system to build new homes for Isaac Dickson Elementary and Asheville Middle schools.
In these videos, Asheville Middle School Teacher Terry Wright gives viewers a sense of some of the problems with the facility and architects display some of their plans for a new building to replace it.