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Woodfin Improvement Team FAQ

Q: What is the School Improvement Team?

A: School Improvement Teams are required by North Carolina law to develop school improvement plans. The team is comprised of the principal of each school, representatives of the assistant principals, instructional personnel, instructional support personnel, and teacher assistants assigned to the school building, and parents of children enrolled in the school. The representatives are elected by their respective groups (such as the PTA/PTO for parents).

The General Assembly of North Carolina views parental involvement as a critical component of school success and positive student achievement. It is the intent of NC that parents, along with teachers, have a substantial role in developing school improvement plans. [NC General Statutes 115C-105.27]. Buncombe County Schools encourage and endorse shared decision making as evident in our mission statement, Core Values and various policy directives.

Q: When does the School Improvement Team meet and can I attend the meeting?

A: School Improvement Teams are considered a public body and are subject to open meeting laws. Staff, parents and community members are always welcome to attend and observe the meetings. Meetings are held in the Woodfin Media Center at 3:00pm every third Thursday of the month. Please see the website calendar for the meeting schedule for the remainder of the year. If a meeting is missed due to weather, a makeup meeting will be held the following Tuesday.

Q: How do I communicate a suggestion for school improvement to the group?

A: You may communicate directly with an individual on the team or send a request to the entire committee. The members’ names and contact information are listed here:


SIT Members (Elected May, 2014)
Chad Upton-Principal
Amy Lunsford- Media Specialist, Chair
Melanie Johnson, 2nd grade, Co-Chair
Debby Osteen- 2nd Grade, Secretary
Suzie Robinson-Park- Kindergarten, Timekeeper
Vicki Hensley- King- 1st Grade
Janie Banks-3rd Grade 
Lenora Zipperer- Instructional Assistant
Shanna Peele-Resource, Specialists
Debbie Powell-Title 1 
Chrissy Miller- Parent Representative


SIT members may be contacted by the Woodfin school phone number, (828) 232-4287.

Woodfin SIT Documents:

School Improvement Plan 2012-2014