Press release from the City of Asheville:
What is a board of education and why is it important?
A local board of education serves a vital role in our community by helping steer the educational journeys of our children. Its decisions influence the lives of students and their parents, teachers, school staff, and district leadership, and impact the overall well-being of the community. The Asheville City Board of Education serves as the governing body of The Asheville City Schools. This board establishes the vision for education in the district. It sets the goals, standards, and tone for what we want our public schools to be and ensures that these schools are responsive to the needs of our local community. The school board serves the larger purposes of representing the needs of the community in our schools, building bridges among parents, school leadership, and other sectors of the community, and ensuring that our schools are the best they can be.
What are the requirements?
Members must be Asheville City residents and live within the Asheville City Schools District. Additionally, they must be registered voters and not be employed by the Asheville City Schools district.
Serving as a board member demands time, energy, and a willingness to listen. Members of the board of education agree to serve for four years, up to two times. The Board meets the first Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. The normal length of the meeting is two hours. One week prior to the regularly scheduled Board meetings, the Board holds one 2-3 hour work session beginning at 4:00pm.
How do I apply to become a board member?
Those who are interested in serving on the board of education are encouraged to submit an application. Selected candidates will receive essay questions to be completed and submitted to the City Clerk’s office. In addition, final candidates may be interviewed.
Please visit the City’s Boards and Commissions webpage or contact the City Clerk’s Office at 259-5839 or by e-mail at email@example.com for an application form.
The deadline for applications is Monday, February 25, 2019 at 5 p.m.