BOARDS & COMMISSIONS
Boards and Commissions Presentation, Vice Mayor Marc Hunt, Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Draft Boards and Commissions Manual
Through a variety of boards and commissions established by Asheville City Council, citizens can provide input on the policies that shape their government and their city. There are currently more than 30 boards and commissions that advise the Mayor and City Council on a array of issues.
Board members and commissioners generally serve as unpaid volunteers, but the rewards can be gratifying: members meet other residents with similar interests, they learn about the city, and they help shape the future of Asheville. Being on a board or commission does require a significant personal commitment, however, so applicants should consider their ability to commit their time and personal energy before applying.
To find out more about a specific board or commission, please visit their individual web pages located on the left menu. Board and commission meetings are open to the public, so potential applicants are encouraged to sit in on monthly meetings. Meeting dates, times and locations vary, and are available on individual web pages.
Boards & Commissions Meeting Schedules, Contact Information and Liaisons
Applying for a Board or Commission:
If you are interested in serving on a Boards or Commission, download an application or request one from the city clerk’s office. After your application is received, you will receive a receipt of application e-mail. If you do not receive that receipt within two hours after submittal, please contact City Clerk Maggie Burleson at email@example.com or 259-5601 to make sure that your application has reached the City Clerk's Office. Once an application is received, the city will place your name on the resource list for the particular board. When vacancies occur, the City Council will review the resource list and schedule interviews. You will be contacted directly if it is necessary for you to interview for an appointment.
Be a Local Leader
The City of Asheville has various openings on various committees. Have you ever wanted to make a difference? Have you wondered, “Can the City benefit from my experience and knowledge?” Do you want to have a voice in the City’s growth and future? Do you want to be a part of the body that is responsible for making decisions regarding policy, service and education? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s time to take that initial step forward and put your perspective, leadership and knowledge to task by serving on one of the many committees we have to offer.
Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 259-5601 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE COMMISSION - The Commission shall have the following powers and duties: (a) Develop rules for the conduct of its business, including but not limited to meeting schedules, election of officers, voting, subcommittees, et al.; (2) Develop a plan to identify, create, encourage, promote and implement projects that will recognize, increase and expand the awareness of the contributions of African-Americans throughout the City-County area; and (3) Create plans to identify and recognize sites in the community that are significant to African-American history; encourage and promote economic activity related to the African American community; and propose other projects that are consistent with the goals of the Commission. - The deadline for receiving applications for this opening is Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 5 p.m.
AIRPORT AUTHORITY, GREATER ASHEVILLE REGIONAL - The Authority oversees the management and operation of the Asheville Regional Airport. - The deadline for receiving applications for this opening is Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 5 p.m.
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT - This vacancy is for an Alternate. The Board (1) hears and decides applications for approval of variances from the terms of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), except where the UDO places responsibility for hearing or considering such a variance with another body; (2) hears and decides appeals from any order, requirement, permit, decision, or determination issued or made by an administrative officer of the City in enforcing any provisions of the UDO; (3) services as the City’s Housing Code Appeals Board; and (4) performs such additional powers and duties as may be set forth elsewhere in the UDO and in other laws and regulations. - The deadline for receiving applications for this opening is Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 5 p.m.
CITIZENS-POLICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE – This vacancy is for a South representative. The responsibilities of the Committee include serving as liaison between the police and community over concern; to mediate problems or conflicts; to serve as an advocate for programs, ideas, and methods to improve the relationship between the police and the community; and to disseminate information to the community and to the government officials in Asheville. The deadline for receiving applications for these openings is Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 5 p.m.
HOMELESS INITIATIVE ADVISORY COMMITTEE – The purpose of the Committee is to implement the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, and its duties and responsibilities shall include (1) conduct research and investigation into issues about homelessness, including causes and effects within Asheville and the surrounding area; (2) formulate and make recommendations to local governmental entities and social service agencies to reduce the incidence of homelessness; (3) act as a clearinghouse for information on local homelessness issues; and (4) other duties as requested by the City Council, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, or as the Committee deems appropriate. . - The deadline for receiving applications for these openings is Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 5 p.m.
ASHEVILLE CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION – (See Below for Additional Information) The responsibility of the Board is to help steer the educational journeys of our children. Its decisions influence the lives of students and their parents, teachers, school staff, and district leadership, and impact the overall well-being of the community. The Asheville City Board of Education serves as the governing body of The Asheville City Schools. This board establishes the vision for education in the district. It sets the goals, standards, and tone for what we want our public schools to be and ensures that these schools are responsive to the needs of our local community. The school board serves the larger purposes of representing the needs of the community in our schools, building bridges among parents, school leadership, and other sectors of the community, and ensuring that our schools are the best they can be. During these challenging times, the school board will also need to advocate for our schools, communicating their needs and challenges to the community. The school board also performs these specific functions: (1) Develops, implements, and monitors district policies; (2) Selects, retains, and evaluates the superintendent; (3) Allocates resources and oversees use of funds; (4) Establishes student performance standards; and (5) Serves on various hearing panels. - The deadline for receiving applications for these openings is Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 5 p.m.
NOTE: On January 28 at 5:30 p.m. at 85 Mountain Street, a “Table Talk” has been set up for applicants interested in the Asheville City Board of Education vacancies.
Seeking Advocates for the Asheville City Schools
Serving on The Asheville City Board of Education
The Asheville City Schools district is seeking interested individuals to fill two seats on the Board of Education. One of these seats is being vacated by Board Chairman Jacquelyn Hallum, and the other is held by member Precious Grant, who have completed two 4-year terms.
What is a board of education and why is it important?
A local board of education serves a vital role in our community by helping steer the educational journeys of our children. Its decisions influence the lives of students and their parents, teachers, school staff, and district leadership, and impact the overall well-being of the community. The Asheville City Board of Education serves as the governing body of The Asheville City Schools. This board establishes the vision for education in the district. It sets the goals, standards, and tone for what we want our public schools to be and ensures that these schools are responsive to the needs of our local community. The school board serves the larger purposes of representing the needs of the community in our schools, building bridges among parents, school leadership, and other sectors of the community, and ensuring that our schools are the best they can be. During these challenging times, the school board will also need to advocate for our schools, communicating their needs and challenges to the community.
The school board also performs these specific functions:
· Develops, implements, and monitors district policies
· Selects, retains, and evaluates the superintendent
· Allocates resources and oversees use of funds
· Establishes student performance standards
· Serves on various hearing panels
What are the essential attributes of a good board member?
Successful board members recognize the value of public education, possess a passion for supporting teachers and students in our community, and are committed to continuously improving our local school district.
Good board members:
• Understand the unique challenges that Asheville City Schools face, particularly as they relate to students living in poverty.
• Are committed to equity among Asheville City Schools’ diverse population.
• Have knowledge of and/or experience with public schools and education related issues.
• Know or be willing to learn the legal requirements of operating a public school system.
• Are capable of providing oversight for a multi-million dollar budget.
• Can provide meaningful evaluation of the performance of the superintendent and other senior district-level staff.
• Are experienced community leaders who attend relevant community meetings and events.
• Are articulate communicators who are transparent with families and staff.
Members should exhibit a strong commitment to working with others on the board toward the shared vision of providing the best possible education for the children in our community. While being cooperative, independent thinking is valued in the process of exploring operational and policy decisions. They should have the capacity to learn and grow as they recognize the scope of the responsibilities of serving on the board. Members must be willing and prepared to serve as a representative, a leader, and an advocate.
What are the benefits?
As a board member, you are given the unique opportunity to be a steward of the Asheville City Schools district’s resources, a representative of our community, and an advocate for public education. Serving on the Board of Education provides you with an opportunity to give back to this community, influence the lives of children, and carry out an essential democratic responsibility.
Members of the board of education impact the experience of more than 4,000 children each year.
The board chair receives a monthly stipend of $350 from Asheville City Schools and board members receive a monthly stipend of $250.
What are the requirements?
Members must be Asheville City residents and live within the Asheville City Schools District. Additionally, they must be registered voters and not be employed by the Asheville City Schools district.
Serving as a board member demands time, energy, and a willingness to listen. Members of the board of education agree to serve for four years, up to two times. The Board meets the first Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. The normal length of the meeting is two hours. One week prior to the regularly scheduled Board meetings, the Board holds one 2-3 hour work session beginning at 4:00pm. Board members also attend selected events at varying days and times and the ability to have a flexible schedule is very helpful.
How do I apply to become a board member?
Those who are interested in serving on the board of education are encouraged to submit an application. Selected candidates will be interviewed and appointed by Asheville City Council.
The process is as follows:
• Applications will be received beginning on January 15, 2015.
• Applications are due by 5pm on February 24, 2015.
• Applicants may attend an open informational “Table Talk” with current and past Board of Education members on January 28, 2015 at 5:30pm at 85 Mountain Street.
• Candidates will receive a slate of questions to answer and return by March 4, 2015. • City Council will interview candidate finalists on March 24, 2015 and make appointments at their formal Council meeting that evening.
For an application, stop by City Hall, Room 202 or visit www.ashevillenc.gov. Under Departments, select City Clerk, then Boards & Commissions, and download an application form. Additionally, you may contact Maggie Burleson at email@example.com or 259-5601.
How can I learn more?
Visit the following websites:
National School Boards Association: www.nsba.org
Asheville City Schools Foundation Advocacy page: http://acsf.org/get-involved/advocacy.php
Contact the ACSF:
Contact Kate Pett, Executive Director of the Asheville City Schools Foundation, if you would like to know more about our perspective on the needs of our students and pressing issues facing our schools. Kate can be reached at Kate@acsf.org or (828)350-6134.
Ask a current school board member:
For questions about school board service in Asheville, we encourage you to contact the following school board members who have indicated a willingness to share their experiences and insights:
Board Chair Jacquelyn Hallum Precious Grant
Matt Buys Peggy Dalman
City of Asheville Talent Scout / 2015 Boards & Commissions Vacancies Schedule
Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 259-5601 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for any information on Boards & Commissions.
Maggie Burleson, City Clerk
Location: Asheville City Hall, 2nd floor
Mailing: P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
Phone: (828) 259-5601