Bath School Board Authorizes Revised Program Of Studies At Bath County High School Next Year

Warm Springs, VA – A revised Program of Studies at Bath County High School will be in place for next year. At the Bath School Board meeting on Monday night, the board heard from High School Principal Sarah Rowe about her proposed changes to the Program of Studies. Revisions include requiring all eighth graders to take keyboarding and restructuring exploratory rotation to include four and a half weeks of each Career and Technical Education class. Another change is to no longer offer Spanish 1 and Industrial Maintenance Technology to eighth graders. And Nutrition and Wellness and Family Relations will be removed from the Program of Studies.

But there were two proposed items on the Program of Studies revision that the board did not approve. One is a proposed community service requirement. School Board member Allison Hicklin expressed concerns about that proposed requirement. She said that could be difficult for students who don’t have transportation or who have home or work responsibilities. School Board Student Representative Jenna Crummett said she thought the community service requirement would be a good idea. She said some students have had to play catch up on community service hours in order to complete college applications.

The other proposed item that the board did not approve is requiring students on work release to qualify for the Industrial Cooperative Training program. Rowe said that change would match work release to Career and Technical Education classes and give the school concrete documentation of student employment. It would also allow students to earn credit for their employment.

The board also expressed concern that students who want to do work release may not be able to under the new requirement, because their job may not match up with a track in the Industrial Cooperative Training Program. Rowe said the training program offers many ways in which to match up employment with classes.

The board approved the revised program of studies, with the exception of the community service requirement and the work release revision. The board held off on voting on those two items until a more definite plan can be presented by high school Principal Sarah Rowe.

Also on Monday night, the School Board made the following appointments:
Kris Phillips as baseball head coach, Joey Altizer as baseball varsity assistant, Roy Burns baseball JV coach and Lance Lyons and Chris Skovira as baseball volunteers.

Lisa Baugh was appointed as softball head coach and Jeff Ford as softball varsity assistant. Mike Bollinger was appointed as tennis head coach, Marco Cucci as boys soccer coach and Juan Rocha as girls soccer coach.

The following were appointed as substitute teachers: Joyce Brown, Katrina Fabbro-Bush, Jonathan Cook and Joyce Ryder. And Heidi Hewitt and Sharon Wells were appointed as substitute cafeteria workers and School Board member Allison Hicklin was appointed to the Jackson River Governor’s School Board.

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