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Highland School Board August Meeting

The August meeting of the Highland County School Board was brief, with members hearing reports of preparations for the upcoming school year. Monday’s meeting was held on the evening of the first day back to school for teachers, and both elementary principal Theresa Blum and new high school principal Tim Good reported their staffs were working hard and excited to begin the new school year. Superintendent Dr. Thomas Schott noted the resurfacing of the parking lot and installation of new front doors.

Students return to class on Monday, August 17th. An Open House/Meet the Teacher event  will be held on Thursday, August 13, for students Kindergarten – Grade 12 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Pre-school will meet from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. Drivers Education meeting for parents will be held 6:00 – 7:00 pm in HHS, Room 4.

Highland Medical Center Family Nurse Practitioner Letitia Amirault updated the Board on the previous year’s activities with HMC’s School Based Healthcare. She reported 71% of the population was registered to receive services, and last year there had been a total of 460 encounters, the highest to date in the 5 years the program has been in place. Services include well child screenings, immunizations, sports and staff physicals, physical therapy, behavioral therapy and more. The Board voted unanimously to re-new the memorandum of agreement with the Medical Center to continue the program.

The Board also approved personnel as discussed in closed meeting, an update parental involvement policy, an allocation of funding to pay for technology infrastructure upgrades, and the consent agenda and payment of bills.

The Board’s next meeting will be September 14th.

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Scott Smith

Scott is the News Director 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 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, and also is a member of the boards of the Highland-Bath Farm Bureau , Highland Chamber of Commerce and Highland Sheep and Wool Association. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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