Bath County School Board holds June meeting

The Bath County School Board met Tuesday evening to conclude business from the 2015-16 school year, and to prepare for the return to school in August. The decisions about personnel and staff reassignments and resignations were made in a closed meeting on May 26th, and at another one just prior to the public meeting Tuesday evening. All of those names and positions are available on the Bath County Public School website, under the School Board tab.

After approving the consent agenda the Board moved on to several items requiring action.

They approved continuing Project Return, an alternative education program offered at the high school level.  Members then approved the Virginia School Board Association July Service agreement for a term of one year effective July 1st, 2016 and terminating June 30th 2017. After that they adopted Bath County Public Schools Governance Norms and Protocols. The board also approved a monthly stipend of 200 dollars for the 2016-2017 school year for school division employees who opt out of the health insurance program. Then they amended policy GAA, or staff time schedules by changing full-time licensed and professional staff’s schedule from seven hours and fifteen minutes to seven hours and thirty minutes.

Finally, the board worked on prioritizing the previously approved Capital improvement plan for 2016 through 2021. The top priority remains, as it has for a while, the Bath County High School Parking Lot Project. Second on the list is replacing a school bus with a new one that will seat seventy-seven students, and contain storage bins, and cameras.   Third on the list of priorities is upgrading the concession stand and its equipment followed by lighting on the baseball and softball fields at Bath County High School. Team Shelters on the football field round out the list of priorities for capital improvement spending.

The board also noted, no changes will be made to the student attendance policy ad regulation for the 2016-17 school year. For additional information about Bath County’s school board, and its’ service please visit the Bath County Public Schools website at .


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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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