Bath School Board Welcomes New Student Representative This Year
Warm Springs, Va – The new school year brings a new student representative to the Bath County School Board. Jenna Crummett, a junior at the high school will serve on the board this year. She gave her first report at the School Board’s meeting on Tuesday night.
Crummett says the school year is off to a smooth start. But she did express concern from some students about the size of Spanish classes at the high school. High school Principal Pete Pitard reported earlier in the meeting that the average class size at the high school was 24 students But Crummett says Spanish classes are larger than that and as a result, some students are having trouble understanding the material.
School Superintendent Sue Hirsh reported on the status of the softball field relocation at the high school at Tuesday night’s meeting. The softball field is going to be moved to a location southwest of the school.
As part of the relocation, a drainage pipe will be installed to carry water from the retention pond at the school, down the hill where it will eventually empty into a drainage ditch along Route 220. The Athletic Boosters club is overseeing the project and is currently waiting on permits to be issued and plans to be reviewed by appropriate agencies, including the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Also on Tuesday night the board approved a revision in grading at the high school. With the revision, this year all high school students will have their grade point averages recalculated based on when a credit is awarded. GPA’s had been previously calculated based on semester grades. Now that GPA’s will be calculated when the credit is awarded for a class, which is at the end of the school year, the result for most students will be a higher GPA.
And the board approved a request from Rockbridge area community services to conduct a survey of students in grades 8, 10 and 12 on health risk behaviors. Individual survey results will be confidential but the collective results will be used to provide support for students in choosing healthy lifestyles. The Survey will cover school performance and tobacco, alcohol and drug use. Parents will get a letter about the survey and can choose to opt out if they wish.