Tour examines challenges facing Asheville City Schools next Friday

Press release

From Asheville City Schools

On Friday, October 19th, leaders of Asheville’s business, education and public sectors will board a bus and ride to Isaac Dickson Elementary School, Asheville Middle School, and Asheville High School.

The purpose of this excursion is to learn about challenges facing our schools as a result of budget cutbacks. We will talk about the unique responses of the Asheville City Schools and community partners like the Asheville City Schools Foundation and the ways in which our community can become involved and advocate for better schools. These three schools will highlight current issues including lack of teacher funding for professional development, aging infrastructure of several Asheville City Schools, lack of school-based youth programs and inadequate classroom resources. Program highlights include the Foundation Fellows Program, the In Real Life After School Program and Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools (TAPAS).

Participants will meet in the Asheville City Schools Central Office Board Room for brief presentations by speakers including Mayor Bellamy, and board of education Chair Gene Bell at 8:30 am. Participants board the bus from there and return to the office at 11:45 am. To RSVP for the Tour of Excellence, email or call (828) 350-6134.

The mission of the Asheville City Schools Foundation is to promote educational success for all students in Asheville City Schools by engaging the entire community to support enriching and innovative educational activities. For more information, see our web site at


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