Bath School Board meets for October

The Bath County School Boards’ meeting last Tuesday was routine with little public comment.  Good news included the High School Band’s doing well in a regional competition, and performing at a Homestead Ceremony, as well as continued Career Technical Education students’ efforts to develop their wind and solar technologies. Superintendent Sue Hirsh also mentioned some recent Arts experiences for students.

“The Bath County Arts Association is someone we also want to acknowledge for their efforts to continue to provide opportunities for our students. During the week of September 21st here at Millboro and at Valley, The Science Songs Rock, two musicians came. It was their second year to visit our schools. They worked in sort of an Artist in Residency situation, writing songs that align with the curriculum for grades three and four. And then there was a performance at each school. Also, the high school students just visited the Blackfriar’s in Staunton, and that’s underwritten also by the Arts Association, and I think it was a Mid summer’s Night’s Dream that they saw.”

Director of Technology and Administrative Services, Paul Lancaster reported on the school system’s four-year use of Interactive Achievement. He described it as, “A way to measure student performance on Standards of Learning” and that as more teachers use IA regularly, the scope of what they are able to do with it grows.

Jane Hall, Director of Pupil Personnel Services and Special Education talked about Bullying Prevention Month, and some of the ways students can learn how destructive this is, and their roles in stopping bullying when it occurs.

In actions, the board voted in favor of constructing a fence around a section of the walkway where cheerleaders cheer to replace the current roping arrangement at football games. They also approved the following supplemental positions:

Bath County High School Academic Bowl sponsor, Amber Yohe;

the following Bath County High School Winter Coaching Appointments;

Boys Basketball, Varsity Head Coach, Terry Bradley, Volunteer Coach, Mike Skeens, JV Coach, Zach Woodzell,

Girls Basketball, Varsity Head Coach, Danny Sifford, Varsity Assistant Coach and JV Coach, Lisa McComb

Chatelaines Sponsor, Haley Woodzell.

Shortly before closing comments Sue Hirsh spoke again.

“I just want to call to everyone’s attention, it is National School Lunch Week, October 12-16, and you have all been invited, and hopefully you’ll have the opportunity to visit at least one of the school’s during that week.”

Then each of the members of the School Board expressed appreciation for all of the hard work of staff and faculty do on a regular basis.

Another opportunity for the public to meet some of their representatives is Tuesday night at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Room 115 at the Bath County Court House. An agenda for this meeting and information about the Band’s uniform drive is under this news story available on  AlleghenyMountain

Board of Supervisors (abbreviated agenda)

Opening procedural items

165-15 and 166-15 – 2 action items

167-15- public comment followed by board member comment

168-15 Public Hearing-Consideration to Amend Bath Co. Code Chapter 16, Solid Waste

169-15 Presentation- Bath County Senior Center update

170-15 Action Item- Consideration to Adopt 2015 Hazmat Emergency Response Plan

171-15 Action Item- Cooperative Agreement between Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District

172-15 County Revenue and Expenditure Update for FY2016

173-15 Action Item- Consideration to adopt FY 2017 Budget Calendar

174-15 Action Item- VACo 2015 Annual Voting Delegate

Consent Agenda including two Additional Items: Approval of Surplus Auction List and Resolution of Support for opting out of DEQ’s expanded Stormwater Management Program

Public Comment

Board Member Comments


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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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