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This week’s headline


“The Bluest Eye” gets the boot


By Clint Parker

NBHS – A committee at North Buncombe High School has decided to give a controversial book the boot. North Buncombe High School’s Media & Technology Advisory Committee (MTAC) made the recommendation after several complaints were received about the book’s incestuous, rape passages.

“Last month at North Buncombe High School, we received an objection under Policy 3210 to the use of a supplemental text within an 11th grade Honors English classroom,” said Buncombe County Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin at the October 5th Buncombe County School Board meeting. This is according to a document sent to the Tribune by schools’ Director of Communications Stacia Harris.

Policy 3210 allows parents and students to review the source text that students will use during a class and “...file his/her objections in writing by completing the...” 3210R form. “The complaint shall be forwarded to the school’s...” MTAC.

“I want to thank [North Buncombe Principal] Dr. Samantha Sircey and the school’s MTAC for conducting the review in such a timely manner. The decision and subsequent recommendation from the committee was that “The Bluest Eye” will no longer be used as an instructional material for 11th grade English courses at any academic achievement level – Standard, Honors, or Advanced Placement,” said Baldwin. Read more...


Last week’s headlines


Book cause of

concern for some

By Clint Parker


NBHS – A book that is centered around an incestuous rape is causing concern for some parents. The book came to the attention of the Tribune when a member of the community contacted one of our reporters about the book, “The Bluest Eyes” by Toni Morrison, an American novelist, editor, teacher, and professor emerita who, in the past, has won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award.


A post on Facebook by Angela Randall Anderson has also helped to stir community discussion about the book (see plot summary on page 16).


According to Stacia Harris, Director of Communications for Buncombe County Schools, “The book has been used recently in an English III Honors classroom. To our knowledge, this book has been part of the honors English curriculum in past classes for several years with no objection to the text. As is our standard procedure, at the beginning of the school year, a syllabus was provided to all students in this class and their parents. This syllabus provided a list of books that would be covered as part of the curriculum.” Read more...


Past headlines


Water moratorium lifted at meeting

By Clint Parker

Weaverville – The water started flowing again at Weaverville’s Town Council meeting Monday evening (Sept 18) when, among a number of items on the agenda, the board voted to rescind the moratorium on requests for water from outside the town limits.

The motion passed after a workshop on the water plant expansion was held on Tuesday evening (Sept. 12) and there Public Works Director Tony Laughter announced that the Monticello Common project was dead. That freed up over five percent of the total water capacity of the plant (see story page 8). Laughter was not present at the regular town meeting because of health reasons, but had said at the workshop that his recommendation was to remove the moratorium.

The board also created a new board called the Town of Weaverville Recreation Advisory Board. Town Manager Selena Coffey said that the move would help the town in an effort to win a grant to help with the Lake Louise Community Center project where the town voted last month to pursue the building of a new facility. The board will be made up of the citizen members of the current Lake Louise Preservation Board with the addition of Beth Mangum and Nicole Ogg. Read more...


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