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Students and staff in 8 out of 16 school districts in BPR’s listening area will not be required to wear masks indoors. Masking indoors and for unvaccinated people is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.


Buncombe, Henderson, Swain, Madison, Macon and Jackson Counties as well as Asheville Schools and Cherokee Central Schools will require masking on campus. This list was updated on August 17th. 

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Five candidates are running for three seats on Asheville City Council in the current election.  While there are differences on a variety of issues, there is one topic the majority of candidates agree on, and it deals with changing the duties of council members.

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Asheville City schools will rename Vance Elementary School in West Asheville.  Superintendent Gene Freeman made the announcement Tuesday at a board of education meeting.

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Employers, health providers, and school districts are teaming up to coordinate a contingency plan -- in the event that Coronavirus spreads to Buncombe County.

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A proposed charter school in the city of Asheville cleared a major hurdle this week.  On Monday, the North Carolina Charter School Advisory Board recommended that PEAK Academy open in August of 2021.  The proposed charter school wants to focus on closing the achievement gap with African American and low-income students.

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Dr. Gene Freeman will be the next superintendent for Asheville City Schools.  The city board of education selected Freeman Wednesday evening.  He currently serves as superintendent of the Fox Chapel School District in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, a similarly sized district to Asheville. 

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The Asheville city board of education says it will hold six public forums in August as it searches for a new superintendent.  Current superintendent Denise Patterson announced her resignation last week, citing health concerns.  She’d held the position for only two years. 

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This story is developing.

Just shy of her two year anniversary on the job, Asheville City Schools Superintendent Denise Patterson has resigned effective immediately.    In her letter of resignation  Patterson cited medical reasons.  In January 2018 she spoke with BPR's Matt Bush.  You can find that story here.

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Chanting slogans like "We are not skipping school, today we teach the golden rule!" public school teachers rallied in Pack Square around the Vance Monument late Wednesday morning as part of the 2nd 'Red For Ed' marches across North Carolina.  An estimated 20-thousand were expected at the main rally in Raleigh at the state capitol, while smaller marches like the one in Asheville were planned around the state.

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Teachers from all across North Carolina will converge on Raleigh Wednesday for the second ‘Red For Ed’ rally in support public schools.  The president of the Asheville City Association of Educators says the success of the inaugural rally ensured there would be a second one.  


Last month Asheville City Council members and school officials gathered to address  the growing  gap in discipline rates and academic achievement between  black and white students in the district.

High school students have had a lot to say about racial disparity on campus.

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Asheville City schools will close next Wednesday May 16th, becoming the latest district in North Carolina to shut down as teachers plan to rally that day at the state capitol in Raleigh for better pay, working conditions, and education funding.  The General Assembly convenes the 16th in Raleigh for its annual session.  The teacher rally is being organized by the state's association of educators.

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Asheville City schools Superintendent Dr. Denise Patterson says she’s learned a lot during her first six months on the job – not just about the school system but the city itself.

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The Asheville City schools have a new superintendent.  Dr. Denise Patterson was appointed by the city school board Thursday night.  She takes office on July 1st.  Patterson is currently the assistant superintendent of Hickory City schools, a post she's had since 2012.  Prior to that, she worked in both the Union County and Lincoln County school systems, and taught as an adjunct professor at Gardner-Webb and Wingate Universities.  She told reporters her first priority upon taking office is to talk and listen to staff to see what changes have already been done before making any of her own.

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The school year is winding down, and many students are cramming for end of year tests.   Some are also putting their green thumbs to work in the school garden where spring planting season is in full swing.