Bath School Board holds June meeting

When the Bath County School Board met Tuesday of last week, much of the focus was on recognizing staff who had worked for significant numbers of years, and students who had achieved success in the arts and sports. During the time for Good News in Bath County Schools, Superintendent Sue Hirsh read the names of staff, and presented certificates to those who were present.

Eight of them having worked in Bath County Public Schools for ten years, are Joey Altizer, Katie Keyser, Susan McRoberts, Jody Shifflet, Julie Simmons, Kathy Sweeny, Sharon Wells, and Amber Yohe. Those with thirty years are Paul Dean and Tammy Lindsay. Patsy Chesnut was recognized for her thirty years of service, and with forty years there was, Dottie Jenkins, David Liptrap and Lumina Shifflet who is also retiring. One other notable retirement is Hershel Adkins’ after forty-five years employed by Bath County Schools. Kathy Robertson, Lumina Shifflet and Stephanie Hiner are also retiring.

On the same evening as the Spring Band Concert, there was a show of many students’ work in the atrium of the High School. The names of the winners from all the grades are included with this story on the new and improved AMR website. Senior art students, now graduated, who participated in Art 4, get a special shout-out for their hard work here. They were required to present a nine-piece cohesive art exhibit around a central theme, and each of the following received an award. For the strongest incorporation of text elements, Sarah Lane; for the widest variety of Media, Kimmy Malcolm, with the most cohesive show, Mackenzie Weaver, and for the Most minimalistic, Easton Yohe.

Additional good news was, based on preliminary data, all three schools made accreditation benchmarks successfully. Two programs operating within the school noted at this meeting work towards the success of some of the students who may be struggling.   The first is the Virginia tiered system of Supports or VTSS which follows students with special needs using teams, interventions, evaluations, and a variety of resources to strengthen their learning and modify their behavior. The other, which was approved for the schools to continue using, is Project Return. This is a program making it possible for students to recover credits, to take extra courses, or provide an alternate setting for coursework at school or at home. It can also be used when medical or behavioral accommodations are needed.   For more information on either of these programs, contact Jane Hall or Ed Ozuls at the high school.

On Thursday, the 8th of June, Bath County High School Principal, Sarah Rowe, accepted a new position as principal at Clifton Forge Middle School. Sue Hirsh, Superintendent, commented this week that Mrs. Rowe has been released from her contract, and the board will discuss realignment of positions in their Tuesday night meeting.

Before closing out the 2016-17 fiscal year the Bath County School Board will have their final meeting on June 26 at 10:00 AM at the school administration building in Warm Springs. The public is welcome 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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