Highland County School Looks Ahead to Budget

The Highland County School Board had very few action items on the agenda during it’s regularly scheduled meeting Monday night, leaving room to look ahead to upcoming budget considerations.

Superintendent Dr. Thomas Schott informed the Board that he had attended a recent conference where he learned more about legislative impacts to the budget, with reductions already happening across the state, and more likely coming next year. He said the full ramifications would not be known until December. The school system will start it’s budgeting process in November, with scheduled work sessions producing a proposed budget which will then be opened up to teachers and the public for commentary. Once approved by the School Board, the final budget will be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors.

Presentations were also given to the Board by Marty Leech of the Highland County Education Association and elementary school principal Teresa Blum.

FFA leader Steve Heavner requested the Board approve an overnight field trip, for members to attend the National FFA Convention in Nashville, TN and Louisville, KY, from October 6th until November 1st. The Board unanimously approved this, as well as consent agenda items and approval of personnel report as presented in closed session.

There was no public comment on any agenda items.

The School Board ‘s next regularly scheduled meeting will be November 3rd.

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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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