August means Back to School for both Boards and Students

The BCHS Band was practicing on the playing field behind Millboro Elementary School on Tuesday evening while the School Board was meeting inside preparing for the year about to start. After welcoming, Steve Sizemore, the new principal of Valley Elementary School, the bulk of the meeting was spent reviewing changes in leave policies, personal and professional, for all employees. The board will continue refining the changes over the next month with the goal of approving the policies at their September meeting. Superintendent Sue Hirsh also presented some figures on unanticipated funds. These funds are revealed after the end of a fiscal year, when the budget has already been established for 2016-2017. The board was quick to approve those funds be directed towards the high school parking lot project.

Prior to the public meeting, the board had approved personnel appointed over the summer, as authorized by the superintendent. At Bath County High School those appointments are: Mark Hall, Angie Keyser, Lisa Miller, teachers; Carrie Peirce, computer lab manager, Laura Massie, aide, and Kimberly Smith, cafeteria manager. At Millboro Elementary School, Code Sizemore, teacher, Cassie Ailstock, food service worker, and at Valley Elementary School, Kristy Pasco, teacher, and Shanon Gwin, food service worker.

The board also appointed the following mentor teachers: Kris Phillips, Jane McMullen, Michelle Eldredge, Adeline Hodge and Joey Altizer. Scott Youndahl, the high school Spanish teacher was assigned an extra teaching period. Marjorie Hevener and Jane McMullen are Cheerleading sponsors, with Erica Plecker supporting them as a volunteer. Matt Fussell was approved as a volunteer coach for football.

A list of thirty-five substitute teachers was approved as well as six substitute bus drivers, and ten substitute vehicle drivers.

During the closed session the board also approved several non- resident students to attend Bath County Schools, two with provisions. Later, each principal gave a report on his or her own school. Sarah Rowe, BCHS principal, encouraged students and parents to get familiar with the free “Our School app” which is available for mobile devices. The calendar, activity schedule including sports events, and other information can be found there by visiting the Bath County Public Schools website, then the admin tab, and then choosing “Our School”.

The next meeting of the Bath County School Board will be held September 6th at Valley Elementary School. The public is always encouraged to attend.


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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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