North Buncombe High School is located in the town of Weaverville, a rural mountain community approximately ten miles north of Asheville in northern Buncombe County. The school community is in a rural-residential setting with a diverse population represented by a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds in professional, high tech., blue collar, and farming careers. The North Buncombe district includes one high school, one middle school, three elementary schools, one primary school, and a 5/6 combination school.
North Buncombe High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction. Approximately 1065 students are enrolled. The faculty consists of one principal, three assistant principals, three guidance counselors, sixty-five teachers, two media specialists, and one career development coordinator. Additional services are provided by a resource officer, school psychologist, gifted student specialist, speech therapist, security officer, special services placement specialist, vocational rehabilitation worker, and school social worker. Members of the professional staff have completed graduate courses holding M.A., M.Ed., Ed. S. And/or Doctoral degrees. All faculty members are teaching within their area of certification.
Our School District
Buncombe County consists of two school systems. Buncombe County Schools is the public school system that serves the entire school system for the County. Asheville City Schools serves the city of Asheville. In addition, there are numerous private schools such as Carolina Day, Christ School, Asheville School, and there is even a private school for girls in middle school called Hanger Hall. The Buncombe County School District is comprised of six comprehensive high schools (grades 9-12), seven middle schools, 23 elementary school, one middle college, one alternative, and career education center for vocational students and four special needs schools, making it the eighth largest school district in the state. It is ranked as being number 76 as far as funded school systems. In contrast Asheville City with its tax base ranks number two. The average daily membership is approximately 25,175 students. Buncombe County School's employees 3600 full time employees: 1000 certified, 1760 classified, and over 39% of the teachers have earned graduate degrees. The total budget of Buncombe County Schools is 188 million dollars with an average per pupil expenditure of approximately $6600. The school year is comprised of two semesters with 180days a year.
Buncombe County School's Board of Education
The Buncombe County School Board is comprised of seven members. One member is chosen for each of the six school districts with one member considered a member-at- large. Certain members are up for reelection every two years with terms being four years to insure there are always incumbents in place for experience. The chairman and the vice chairman are voted on annual bases. The job of the board of education is to hire and observe the superintendent. In addition, the board makes and carries out school board policy. The Superintendent hires and fires his principals. The principals hire and fire people inside their buildings.
Buncombe County Schools Board of Education members:
Jim Edmonds- Chairman- member from the Enka district
Bob Embler- Vice Chairman- member of the North Buncombe District
Roger Aiken- Erwin District
Wendell Bagley- Owen District
Richard Greene- Reynolds District
Diane Sheppard-Roberson District