Highland County School Board June Meeting

Even as the current Highland County school year comes to a close, the school board approved the 2016-17 schedule at their regular monthly meeting Monday evening. As presented by Superintendent Dr. Thomas Schott, after consultation with parents and faculty, the schedule is similar to the current year, with slight changes on some of the major vacation periods. Teachers will report to work on August 8th, and classes will begin on the 14th. All normal days off due to the fair, Labor Day and holidays are consistent with last year, up until Thanksgiving. Due to calendar considerations, and feedback on the schedule, two days have been removed from Thanksgiving break, and been added to spring break in March. Christmas break will last until January 3rd. Other holidays and vacations remain consistent throughout 2017, including professional development and Maple Mondays. The last day of school is June 8th, with graduation on the 9th. The Board approved the calendar, along with other action items that included:

  • Personnel as discussed in closed session
  • Continuation of the Weekday Religious Education program
  • Designation of a signing authority in Dr. Schott’s absence
  • Designated Dr. Schott as Title IX coordinator
  • Approved Title I and II applications
  • Declared a van and car as surplus equipment
  • And approved the consent agenda

The Board heard school reports, including  about Mother’s Day and Father’s Day breakfasts, and Family Night events for Kindergarten and pre-school. Elementary principle Teresa Blum announced that a student had broken the accelerated reader program record. For the high school, Baccalaureate is scheduled for Thursday, and Class Day and scholarship announcements are Friday. Graduation is Saturday at 10:00.

During the superintendent’s report, Dr. Schott praised the efforts of the faculty during SOL testing. He noted that Mitchell Chevrolet in Marlinton was donating a new vehicle for Driver’s Education training, and that the former Little Rock pre-school modular unit has been given to the school by Augusta County.

The 2015-16 close out meeting was set for 7:00 on June 28th, and the next regular meeting is scheduled for July 11th.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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