Boards & Commissions

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.

If members of the public are interested in being on an e-mail list to receive information on a particular board, they will need to contact the individual staff contact (which can be found in the Boards & Commissions Meeting Schedules, Contact Information and Liaisons below).

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 mburleson@ashevillenc.gov 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.


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 HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017, AT NOON. 

 

Please contact Sarah Terwilliger at (828)259-5839 or sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov for an application to apply.

 

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.

  • Can think creatively in dealing with limited resources, changing demographics, and increasing expectations.

  • Know or are 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.

  • Attend relevant community meetings and events.

  • Communicate clearly and regularly to the Asheville community.

 

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. 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 be prepared to serve as a representative, a leader, and an advocate.  They must be willing to make difficult decisions while balancing many different perspectives on an issue.  Some information that the board is privy to is confidential and it is the responsibility of each member to keep that information confidential.

 

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 4,400 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 residents of the Asheville City school district - which differs from the city of Asheville. Additionally, they must be registered voters and not be employed by the Asheville City Schools district.  Please note that criminal background checks may be a part of the application process for candidates City Council wishes to interview.

 

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.   Additional meetings are scheduled as necessary.  Board Members are expected to attend other events and activities of the district.

 

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 in January 2017.

• Applications are due on February 3, 2017, AT Noon.

• Candidates will receive a slate of questions to answer and return by February 8.

 • City Council will interview candidate finalists on February 28, 2017, and make appointments at their formal Council meeting that evening.

 

How can I learn more?

 

Visit the following websites:

Great Schools: www.greatschools.org 

 

National School Boards Association: www.nsba.org

 

North Carolina School Board Association: www.ncsba.org

 

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:  Peggy Dalman                          Board member: Martha Geitner

Peggy.Dalman@acsgmail.net                         Martha.Geitner@acsgmail.net

 

Board Vice-Chair: Matt Buys                         Board Member: Shaunda Sandford

Matt.Buys@acsgmail.net                                Shaunda.Sandford@acsgmail.com

 

Board Member:  Leah Ferguson

Leah.Ferguson@acsgmail.net

 

 

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.

 

 


 

In addition, the boards listed below currently have vacancies.  The deadline for receiving applications for these openings is Wednesday, February 8 at 5 p.m.

 

BOARD OF ELECTRICAL EXAMINERS – THIS VACANCY IS FOR A LICENSED ENGINEERThe members of the Board examine applicants for licenses for the transaction of other related business.  Please contact Sarah Terwilliger at sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov for an application form.  Deadline Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.

 

HOMELESS INITIATIVE ADVISORY COMMITTEE – THIS VACANCY IS FOR A HOMELESS OR FORMALLY HOMELESS PERSON. 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. Please contact Sarah Terwilliger at sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov for an application form.   Deadline Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.

 

TRANSIT COMMITTEE - The Committee functions as an advisory board to the Multimodal Transportation Commission and to the City staff on matters affecting the transit system and its operation.  Transit Committee Members review monthly system operations reports, help facilitate public outreach efforts, and represent the general public in matters concerning the transit system.  The Transit Committees consists of at least seven members and up to eleven members. All are appointed by the Multimodal Transportation Commission. The terms of office are three years. The Asheville Transit Committee will meet the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. The meetings will be held in the 4th Floor Police/Fire Training Room of the Municipal Building at 100 Court Plaza.  Please submit applications to Mr. Elias Mathes at EMathes@ashevillenc.gov  


City of Asheville Talent Scout / 2016 Boards & Commissions Vacancies Schedule

Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 259-5601 or by e-mail at mburleson@ashevillenc.gov for any information on Boards & Commissions.


 

Contact Information

Maggie Burleson, City Clerk
Location: Asheville City Hall, 2nd floor
Mailing: P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
Phone: (828) 259-5601

E-mail: mburleson@ashevillenc.gov

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