Superintendent Weekly Update

from the desk of Kathy Amos

October 22 2021

Thank you to the local law enforcement team for conducting today's emergency training. Yancey County has the best!!

BRES Principal Erik Buchanan and Superintendent Kathy Amos monitoring activity throughout the building.

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Congratulations to East Yancey Volleyball Western Highlands Middle School Conference Tournament Champions

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NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows Program 2022-2024 Now Accepting Applications

The North Carolina Leadership Association (NCSLA) is proud to lead an initiative to foster the development of science education leaders in North Carolina. The purpose of the NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows Program is to enhance professional competence and develop the leadership abilities necessary for science leaders to operate effectively in various leadership positions in science education.

All major costs of participating in the program are covered with the support of the North Carolina Science Mathematics and Technology Education Center and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

The deadline to apply is November 9. Apply here.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Alisa Wickliff.

Federal Officials Spotlight N.C. Schools During “Green Strides” Tour

"The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction welcomed U.S. Department of Education staff to Raleigh today, kicking off its annual Green Strides Tour, which this year spotlights North Carolina schools. The three-day visit in North Carolina honors past and present recipients of the Green Ribbon Award, which recognizes schools for their efforts to reduce environmental impact, improve health and wellness and promote effective sustainability education."

Learn more about how the Green Strides Tour is going with the following news releases:

Federal Officials Spotlight N.C. Schools During “Green Strides” Tour

U.S. Department of Education Continues Green Strides Tour in Sandhills

"Green Strides" Tour Ends with Focus on New Hanover Schools, UNCW

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Hello from Rotary Club of Burnsville!

Fall is upon us and the Rotary Club of Burnsville is preparing for our 2nd Annual Flags for Heroes week November 6 - 13, 2021. Last year brought a spectacular first year as our town of Burnsville was dressed up with 220 United States flags. It was an incredible site to behold.

Besides the beauty and majesty of the flags over $20,000 was raised. After the expenses, Rotary Club of Burnsville donated $11,000 split between Feed-A-Child Yancey County, Reconciliation House and DAV of Yancey County.

The resounding sentiment of what Flags for Heroes meant to so many was summed up by a local business owner. "Flags for Heroes brought together and united a very divided community in very, very difficult times. It was truly special and we want to be a part of it in the future!" Rotary Club of Burnsville is so grateful for the opportunity to serve our community in such a way!

Flags for Heroes 2021 committee has its sights set high. We want to put up 500 United States flags and raise $50,000. The money raised after expenses will be split up between: DAV of Yancey County, Dig In, Feed-A-Child Yancey County, Reconciliation House and to purchase 10 benches for Ray Cort Park.

Who is a Hero? Rotary Club of Burnsville does not define HERO. You do! It could be a veteran. Or emergency responder, teacher, co-worker, business partner. Or possibly a spouse, child, grand child. You determine who your HERO is.

How can you help? Sponsor your Heroes for 2021. There will be brochures around town. Contact a Rotarian. We meet at Babe's Pizza and Treats on Thursday from 12-1 PM. Or complete an application through this link.

Maybe you would like to sponsor as a business/corporation this year. Here is the link to do so:

There are three levels of business sponsorship:

  • Red Level - $1500.00 A “colony” of flags (13 flags) will be flown outside of your business. 20 Heros. 20 medallions. Recognition from the stage during the “Hero Celebration” on Nov 13 at 11 AM.

  • White Level - $500.00 Five (5) flags flown in the grand flag display in Town Square. 10 Heroes. 10 medallions. Recognition from the stage during the “Hero Celebration” on Nov 13 at 11 AM.

  • Blue Level - Five (2) flags flown in the grand flag display in Town Square. 5 Heroes. 5 medallions. Recognition from the stage during the “Hero Celebration” on Nov 13 at 11 AM.

There will be two events recognizing our heroes. November 11 at 10 AM will be the Veteran’s Day program and November 13 at 11 AM will be the “Hero Celebration.”

Let us together fill our town with beauty and majesty!


Christina (Chris) Scott

Rotary Club of Burnsville President

Flags for Heroes Chair


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2022 Open Enrollment is UNDER WAY!

(Active and Non-Medicare Members)

Open Enrollment is here! It’s time to evaluate your benefit options to make the right decisions to save you money throughout 2022. For all the information you need, read through the Decision Guide you received in the mail.

Don’t wait until the last minute to take action! Open Enrollment ends October 29, 2021.

All active and non-Medicare members will be automatically enrolled in the 70/30 PPO Plan for the 2022 benefit year. Members who wish to enroll in the 80/20 PPO Plan or who wish to reduce their monthly premium in either the 80/20 PPO Plan or the 70/30 PPO Plan by completing the tobacco attestation will need to take action during Open Enrollment.

Please note that eligible retirees continue to have a $0 premium on the 70/30 PPO Plan.

Here are some important highlights for 2022:

  • No premium increases for the 4th year in a row!
  • Members who select a Clear Pricing Project Provider as their Primary Care Provider will continue to enjoy a $0 copay!
  • Members will continue to enjoy a reduced copay when visiting a CPP Specialist!
  • Preferred and non-preferred insulin continues to have a $0 copay for a 30-day supply!
  • In-network Preventive Services remain covered at 100% – no copay or deductible – on the 80/20 PPO and 70/30 PPO plans!

Don’t miss out on additional savings by visiting a CPP Provider! Check out these savings that members will continue to enjoy in 2022:

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Reminder for tobacco users: Don’t forget your premium credit for 2022! Ready to quit tobacco? We can help, and save you money at the same time! Tobacco users who want to earn their 2022 premium credit can complete a tobacco cessation counseling session at a CVS MinuteClinic or Primary Care Provider’s (PCP) office for FREE to earn a lower premium for 2022!

Tobacco users have until November 30, 2021, to take action. (If you combine your tobacco cessation visit with another service, there may be a copay.) For non-Medicare subscribers enrolled via the Retirement Systems, this activity is only applicable if you want to enroll in the 80/20 PPO Plan. You will need to verify if your PCP offers tobacco cessation services as some providers do not offer this service.

If you are NOT a tobacco user, you will simply need to attest to that during the Open Enrollment online enrollment process.

Additional resources regarding Open Enrollment are available on the Plan's website.