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Asheville City Board of Education: December 13th Public Hearing Continuation Update

Good Afternoon Students, Staff and Families.  This is James Carter, Chair of the Asheville City Board of Education. 

On December 7th, 2021 the Asheville City Board of Education convened a public hearing to listen to community input about Asheville Primary School.  At the conclusion of the public comments, I recessed the public hearing to allow for additional public input.

The Board will hold the Public Hearing continuation on December 13th, 2021 beginning at 5:00 PM in the Board Room located at 85 Mountain Street.  The Regular Meeting of the Board will begin immediately following the conclusion of the Public Hearing.  The agenda for both meetings can be found here.

The purpose of the Public Hearing is for the Board to continue to receive input related to the following Asheville Primary School options:

  1. Keep Asheville Primary School at its current physical location for the 2022-23 school year
  2. Relocate Asheville Primary School to the campus of either Hall Fletcher Elementary School or Montford North Star Academy effective beginning with the 2022-23 school year
  3. Close Asheville Primary School as early as the 2022-23 school year, and enroll the students impacted at existing ACS schools using existing enrollment policies

No action will be taken at the public hearing.  However, action regarding the three options listed above WILL be on the agenda of the Regular Meeting.

During the Public Hearing, all remarks must be limited to the three options listed above.  Any topic may be discussed during the Public Comment portion of the Regular Meeting.  At both, public speakers will have three minutes to speak.

VIRTUAL PUBLIC COMMENTS: 

The Board will permit virtual comments for anyone who is unable to attend the meetings in-person and who also did not provide in-person comments on December 7th.  Individuals who provided in-person comments on December 7th may not provide virtual comments; however, they may speak in-person to provide new or additional information only.  

To sign-up to provide virtual comments during the Public Hearing, please click here.  Or, if you would like to sign-up to provide virtual comments during the Regular Meeting, please click here.  

Both virtual comment forms will close at NOON on Monday, December 13th.  And, once the virtual public comment sign-up forms have closed, staff will send those wishing to speak an email which will include a Zoom Meeting Link, a copy of the meeting’s agenda and the Public Comment Guidelines. 

IN-PERSON PUBLIC COMMENTS

Sign up for in-person public comment will be set up outside the Board Room starting at 4:30 PM.  Speakers will receive detailed instructions on public hearing protocols upon their arrival.

WRITTEN COMMENTS:

The School Board is also accepting written comments on this topic. Any such written comments should be emailed to ashley.thublin@acsgmail.net by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 10th. Written comments will be public records and will be forwarded to School Board members but will not be read aloud at any meeting. 

The public can view both the Public Hearing and Regular Meeting on YouTube.