Highland Administrators Receive High Praise For Work So Far

Monterey, VA – It is a busy time in the Highland County School system as the Thanksgiving break approaches. School Board members John Moyers and Kirk Billingsley noted that they have received an unusually high number of compliments on the work of Superintendent Crawford and Information Technology Specialist Will Jenkins so far this school year. At the recent school board meeting, Elementary School Principal Teresa Blum reported on some school events.

“We had a successful bookfair,” she says. “We had combined our Title One Special Education advisory committee family fall night on the same night as the book fair so that folks could conserve gas and do it all in one evening,” says Blum. “We fed over 85 people. It was very well received.”

She goes on to talk about the upcoming Lego League Team overnight trip to northern Virginia.

“The Lego League team in the past has always been able to compete at JMU,” she says. “There are now so many teams they have three different venues; you put your first choice, second and third. Unfortunately we didn’t get JMU, we have to compete this year at Haymarket and we have to be there at 8am so hence the request for the overnight field trip for the Lego League team and their coaches. They compete on the 19th, which also gives them a couple extra weeks of practice.”

This field trip will not involve any cost to students since the overnight accommodations and meals will be paid for using funds raised during Maple Festival and fund-raisers this fall. Ms. Blum goes on to describe the upcoming Veterans Day events.

In other business the Board approved Destination Imagination coaches Betty Rexrode, Kim West and Will Vaus. There are three Destination Imagination teams this year, two elementary school teams and one middle school team. Also approved by the Board were the Lego League Coaches Bridget Nelson and Nancy Witschey, and substitute teacher Jim Jacenich.

Tune in to Allegheny Mountain Radio news early next week for a story on Superintendent Crawford’s report to the School Board.

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