Bath School Board takes first step towards making improvements to the high school parking lot


The Bath School Board met Tuesday night and it voted to advertise for engineering study and project design proposals on improvements for the high school parking lot.  This is a first step to outline what needs to be done to make the improvements to the lot and see how much it will cost.  Planned improvements for the parking lot include paving, lining parking spaces, additional lighting and possibly changing access to the fuel station on the lot.  The Bath Board of Supervisors has set aside money for this engineering study and for the parking lot project, but asked the school board to handle the work on getting the engineering study completed.

Tanner Bradley is the new student representative on the school board.  High School Principal Sarah Rowe said he is an excellent role model for Bath County High School and thanked him for taking on the role despite his busy schedule.  Bradley is a junior at the high school.

“I do Governor’s School so I have to be at the high school at 6:45 to get on the bus to go to Dabney and then I come back and take all advanced classes and then I have football practice after school,” says Bradley.

Tuesday night was Bradley’s first school board meeting.

“At first, I was honestly, I was a little nervous but then as things proceeded I felt more comfortable and I think it’s going to be fun,” says Bradley.  “Hopefully I can help my students do what they want in the school and be a part of the school board to help make decisions.”

Also on Tuesday night, School Board member Dr. Ellen Miller said she wants to move ahead on an idea that she proposed in the past to start an educational foundation.   She said people have indicated to her that they would like to make donations.  Dr. Miller said there is a conference coming up on educational foundations and School Superintendent Sue Hirsh said she is also waiting on more information that she has requested about the foundations.

Superintendent Sue Hirsh also reported that enrollment in Bath County Schools was at 568 students for grades K through 12.  She said that was the figure on the tenth day of school and the figure does fluctuate at the beginning of each school year.  This year’s school budget is based on an enrollment of 575 students and some funding is based on meeting that budget enrollment number.

And the board also accepted, with regret, the resignation of Milllboro Elementary Aide Sam Black and authorized Superintendent Hirsh to hire her replacement.

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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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