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.