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Avery County Schools Releases Operating Times for Fall Semester, First Day of School is Monday

Compiled By Jesse Wood

Aug. 11, 2014. Schools in Avery County have different operation times this year because of the many buses that serve several schools, according to a release from Avery County Schools, and in order to complete the first semester before the holidays, students will go to school an extra 20 minutes each day.

To find out what time the school in your area of the county operates for the fall semester of 2014-15 school year, see below:

Avery High School 8:15 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.
Avery Middle School 7:55 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Banner Elk Elementary 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cranberry Middle 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Crossnore Elementary 8:05 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
Freedom Trail Elem. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Newland Elementary 7:50 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
Riverside Elementary 8:00 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.

Other briefs from Avery County Schools “In The Know” feature:

Open House

Avery Middle School (828.733.0145)

Tuesday, Aug. 12, drop-in 5 to 7 p.m.

6 p.m. Mandatory sixth grade parent/student MacBook training

Crossnore Elementary School (828.737.7204)

Thursday, Aug. 14, 3 to 6 p.m.

Freedom Trail Elementary (828.733.2932)

Thursday, Aug. 14

  • K       5:30
  • 1       6:00
  • 2       6:30
  • 3       7:00
  • 4       7:30
  • 5       8:00

Cranberry Middle School (828.733.2932)

Thursday, Aug. 14, 4 to 7 p.m.

Newland Elementary (828.733.4911)

Friday, Aug. 15, 3:30 to 6 p.m.

Avery High School Viking Academy Freshman Orientation (828.733.0151)

Friday, Aug. 15

8:30 a.m.- gym (Lunch is provided FREE for students.)

1 to 3:30 p.m. Parent/student meeting

Banner Elk Elementary School (828.737.5700)

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 5:30 p.m.

Riverside Elementary School (828.737.5600)

Thursday, Aug. 21, 6 p.m.

ACS Bus Drivers Needed

New bus driver’s training class at Mayland Community College in Newland on Sept. 3, 4 and 5 starts at 8:30 a.m. in Room 114. No cost for class. Part time and substitute positions available at $10.71 hourly wage.

McDonald’s Yard Sale for Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte to be held 7 a.m. until on Sept. 13. “Ron” will attend from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Free and Reduced Meal Applications Available for the New School Year

Applications are now available for free and reduced meals for the 2014-2015 Avery County School Year. Interested families may pick up an application at any ACS school office or at the Board of Education.  Only one application per family is necessary.  For more information, contact Tammy Woodie, director of child nutrition at 733-6006 or [email protected].

Student cost for school meals this year:

Breakfast:  $1.25 full price, reduced or free


PreK-5th grade- $2.10 full price, reduced-40¢ or free

6-12 grades $2.30 for Full price, reduced-40¢ or free

Other Important Dates:

Aug. 13 Optional Teacher Workday

Aug. 14-15 Required Workdays

Aug. 16 Welcome Back to School Bash (Rain or Shine)

Support Teacher Fun Run 8 a.m.

Activates, information, FREE school supplies

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Linville Land Harbor, Linville, NC

Aug. 18 First full day for students