Blue Ridge Elementary School

Blue Ridge Elementary School in Warrensville.

WARRENSVILLE — The Ashe County Cooperative Extension 4-H afterschool program at Blue Ridge Elementary School is currently not operational due to staffing vacancies, according to Cooperative Extension Director Travis Birdsell.

Currently, the extension is looking to hire both a site coordinator and a teacher for the afterschool program at BRES.

The programs provide a safe place for children to be until parents can pick them up after work, Birdsell said. During that time, children take part in a number of activities, including recreational and enrichment activities, while also having time reserved for homework.

The site coordinator is a part-time position through the extension, Birdsell said. Requirements for the position include an early childhood credential, certification in a basic school-age training course, and applicants must pass an N.C. Division of Childcare background check.

"They do that to make sure you're providing adequate, safe learning environments for children," Birdsell said.

Given the requirements for the site coordinator and the fact that it is a part-time position, Birdsell said it isn't the easiest vacancy to fill.

"We have had some applications just recently come in," Birdsell said. "We're diligently working to have (the program) open in October."

For more information about the job and to apply, visit, or call the Ashe extension office at (336) 846-5850.

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