Bath holds First School Board meeting of 2016

The Bath County School Board met on Tuesday night, and welcomed two new members Brian Secoy of Millboro, and Roy Burns of Warm Springs. The group worked efficiently through the first agenda items by electing Roy Burns the new chairman, and Kathy Lowry of Valley Springs the Vice-Chair. Sue Hirsh, superintendent will remain Clerk, and Sharon Frye still serves as deputy clerk.

Later in the meeting the board took action, accepting the resignation of Kevin Kendall, principal of Valley Elementary School who had started in this position in August. Until a replacement is hired, Alison Hicklin, current principal of Millboro Elementary School will be acting as principal of both schools. Other personnel decisions that followed included accepting the resignation of Valley Elementary School Bookeeper/Secretary Tracie Reed and approving a maternity leave, and two new substitutes.

Of special note was the recognition of Millboro Elementary School Civics teacher, Joey Crawford for becoming Nationally Board Certified. This distinction is awarded to just over 3% of teachers in the whole country, and is only achieved after a rigorous program of specific classroom exercises with self-evaluation, peer review, a comprehensive content area examination and more. Superintendent Sue Hirsh spoke briefly.

“Id like to recognize some one who has worked very hard to attain something for the first time in Bath County Schools. And so for that achievement, we’d like to present something to Joey Crawford. Joey. We have a paperweight that says, ‘Achievement; Joseph Allen Crawford, National Board Certification, 2015.”

There was plenty of cheering and applause to accompany the brief presentation, and then the good news continued. Again Superintendent Hirsh,

“Millboro has been recognized as the 2016 Highly Distinguished Title One School. The Virginia School Board of Education proudly recognizes Millboro within the Bath County School division for exceeding all state and federal accountability benchmarks for two consecutive years and for achieving average pass rates in English and Math at or above the 85th percentile. Next came more cheering and applause for the little school with the hard-working students.

In addition to approving exactly how to use the last of the funds from their capital expenditures, the school board agreed on the schedule of the first few dates of their budget work sessions.

Finally, the staffing approvals for Spring sports are as follows: Varsity Baseball head coach, Kris Phillips, assistant, Joey Altizer; JV coach, Danny Sifford; Softball, head Varsity coach, Lisa McComb, assistant Kevin Williams, JV coach, Haley Woodzell; Tennis Head Coach, Sierra Adkins, volunteer, Kirby Smith

Soccer- Boys, volunteer, Steve Gardener; Girls, head coach, Mark Hall.

Welcome to these coaches, and thank you to all of the adults who work with Bath County’s children to insure they have as good athletic and academic experiences as possible.


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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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