School Improvement Team FAQs

Hominy Valley Elementary School Improvement Team FAQ

Q:  What is the School Improvement Team?

A:  School Improvement Teams are required by North Carolina law to develop school improvement plans. The team is comprised of the principal of each school, representatives of the assistant principals, instructional personnel, instructional support personnel, and teacher assistants assigned to the school building, and parents of children enrolled in the school. The representatives are elected by their respective groups (such as the PTA/PTO for parents). 

The General Assembly of North Carolina views parental involvement as a critical component of school success and positive student achievement. It is the intent of NC that parents, along with teachers, have a substantial role in developing school improvement plans. [NC General Statutes 115C-105.27]. Buncombe County Schools encourage and endorse shared decision making as evident in our mission statement, Core Values and various policy directives.  

Q:   When does the School Improvement Team meet and can I attend the meeting?

A:  School Improvement Teams are considered a public body and are subject to open meeting laws. Staff, parents and community members are always welcome to attend and observe the meetings. At Hominy Valley Elementary, meetings are held in the Media Center at 2:15 p.m., and are scheduled for the following dates:

  • September 10
  • October 8 
  • November 12 
  • January 14
  • February 11
  • March 11
  • April 15
  • May 13

Q:  How do I communicate a suggestion for school improvement to the group?
A:  You may communicate directly with an individual on the team or send a request to the entire committee. Listed below are the members’ names and contact information:

Principal - Joanne Walker:
Parent Representative - Ashley Cloninger:
Kindergarten - Anna Best:
1st Grade - Emily Turknett:
2nd Grade - Paige Walton:
3rd Grade - Cindy Ayers:
4th Grade - Mary Bradley:
Specialist - Julie Ro:
Title I - Ashley Griffin:
Assistant - Mary Beth Atherton: