Bath School Board has much to be glad for, for now.

Bath County School Board’s April meeting was full of the successes of many students in areas from art to clubs to band. And Varsity Boys Soccer team won their game that evening too.

When talking about the Perkins Plan, which supports the high school vocational programs Bath County High School Principal, Sarah Rowe, shared the federal reviewers thoughts.   “I was so excited about the fact that we did so well in the federal review. They were so complimentary of the program. One of the things that Miss Kelly said was if she had the opportunity to send her child to another high school, she would have sent them here. That was a huge compliment for us. She said the culture of Bath County High School, and Mertz Career and Technical was something that when they come into a building, they can feel the energy, and it was really positive energy. They gave us some ideas about how to tweak our programs from traditionals that we’ve done before to some non-traditionals, eighteen weeks instead of thirty-six. So we’ll be looking at that for not this coming school year, but the next school year.”

The board went on to approve Mrs. Rowe’s request to build, and then submit the Perkins Fund Plan by April 28th.

Superintendent Sue Hirsh, had also mentioned an event where the high school band showcased their talent earlier in March. “Last weekend we had a Celebration of the Arts. It was held at the Historic Masonic Theater in Clifton Forge. And I’m not sure exactly when all of this fell into place but a year ago they tried to get this kind of event, and this year as planning began, the said ‘Well, lets’ invite Covington, and let’s invite Bath County.’”

Students of studio art will also have the chance to share their work at this event in the future, which draws together young artists from Allegheny, Bath and Covington.

Valley Elementary School students were in the spotlight on another evening at their fourth annual talent show, singing, demonstrating karate, turning cartwheels, and more. A special “Thank you” goes out to Mrs. Lowry, Mrs. Hooker, and Mrs. Simmons for coordinating that event.

In action from their closed meeting the board accepted the retirement of three staff members,

Hershel Adkins, VES Custodian, Kathy Robertson, VES Food Service
and Stephanie Hiner, BCHS Guidance Counselor. They also appointed Dennis Holmes, Substitute Custodian.

Mr. Ed Ozuls reported weather stations are finished being installed at Valley and at the High School, and soon to be at Millborro Elementary School. Every student can become an observer, and the data collected can be used in a wide variety of STEM applications and is available to the community as well. It can be found on weatherunderground, or by visiting the schools websites. More than one team from the high school, and some middle-school aged Valley students will be participating in the Kid Wind Challenge this Saturday at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge from 9-12.   These accomplished future engineers will be competing with wind turbines they designed themselves against other young STEM stars from around Virginia.

Next month the School Board will be reviewing in detail the policies by the Virginia School Board Association regarding free and reduce lunches, food services and some wellness guidelines that may be affected by changes in Federal Funding and policies. In closing Board comments, current chair Brian Secoy emphasized how appreciated staff and administration participation in meetings is, but that parent and general public input is essential too.


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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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