Education officials, teachers and even some students are pushing to build cutting-edge new homes for Isaac Dickson Elementary and Asheville Middle School. The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will consider the proposals soon, some of them questioning the need for high-tech designs when budgets are already stretched thin. Even supporters don’t know where the estimated $60 million cost might come from.
In their push for new state-of-the-art homes for Issac Dickson Elementary and Asheville Middle School, officials say the existing facilities suffer from leaky roofs and windows, unwieldy corridors, mold, insufficient storage, inadequate lighting and antiquated heating and cooling systems.
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners unanimously gave a nod of approval to the county school system to create a new high school that will focus on science, technology, engineering and math.
The whole region is under an ice storm warning today, as the National Weather Service cautions residents about a “wintry mix” of ice and snow through this afternoon.
As children in Asheville and elsewhere return to school after the holiday break, let’s focus on ensuring that their future is peaceful.
Local kids are back at school and the Children First/CIS learning center is in action. The nonprofit documented a day in the life of the children, teachers and volunteers that make the learning center shine. Photos by Jodi Ford.
LSS director Jocelyn Reese is always beating the drum to enrich school children. (Photo by Bill Rhodes)
Buncombe County Board of Commissioners March 20, 2012 meeting Environmentalists urge joining billboard lawsuit March 23 proclaimed Women Veterans History Day Two new school buildings are in the works for Asheville. At their March 20 meeting, the Buncombe County commissioners unanimously approved taking the first steps toward replacing the aging Asheville Middle School and Isaac […]
Dear Asheville, At the risk of sounding gushy, I want you to know that you’re amazing. Gorgeous, smart, lovable: in short, everything I could ever ask for in a town. I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. But while some may love you for your beauty (and your incredible food), I […]
The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners huddled with staff Jan. 31 to discuss past accomplishments and current priorities. Here’s a look at some of the considerable ground they covered during their four-hour retreat.
(Photo by Bill Rhodes)
Angela Pippinger, self-described “pagan and clergy-in training,” is live-tweeting tonight, Feb. 2, from the Buncombe County Board of Education’s meeting about county schools’ religion policy.
Not that we’re competitive or anything, but my husband and I love to play a macabre little game that could be titled: “Whose Backwoods Elementary School Inflicted the Greater Amount of Physical and Emotional Damage?”
Who are Asheville City Schools students? How are they faring? What is the school system doing to reduce achievement gaps? Here are some answers, via a slideshow presentation by and about Asheville City Schools.
Here’s a list of actions taken at the June 7 meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.
Breaking news: President Obama’s approval rating plummets in elementary schools around the country. Why? He wants to steal summer vacation.
While us parents are wandering around humming, “School, glorious school,” our kids are caught up in a state of what I call “dreadcitement.” They’re both dreading and excited about, anxious over and anticipating the start of a new school year.
Many of you already are showing your concern about these draconian cuts by showing up at rallies, writing letters, signing petitions and calling state legislators. But more of us need to dive into the churning waters of state budget policy to protect education and our kids’ future.
In June 2009, Buncombe County Schools sent a letter notifying its intention of increasing class sizes and eliminating up to 110 teaching positions in the school system to deal with the state of North Carolina’s budget requirements. The state is facing a $3 billion shortfall. Click here to read the letter.