Highland School Board January Meeting

As with most Boards and entities at this time of year, the Highland County School Board spent some initial time at the beginning of their first meeting of 2016 on Monday January 11th  attending to organizational matters. John Moyers Jr. was elected chair, and Joe Neil vice-chair, and new member Chris Amirault was welcomed. The date and time of Board meetings will remain the same, being the first Monday of each month at 7:00, except where holidays create scheduling issues. The members also agreed to adhere to the VSDB Code of Conduct for School Board Members.

Next up, the Board heard reports from the HCEA and Highland High School principal Tim Good. Mr. Good noted that the first semester is coming to an end and exams would be occurring during the week. He also praised parents Sue Cornelius and Kim Hiner, along with other involved parents, for their efforts in regards to the Athletic Booster program.

Superintendent Dr. Thomas Schott began his presentation with a virtual tour of the school’s shop area and projects the student’s are undertaking, which include reconstruction of the athletic field dugouts and creating interactive areas to learn electrical wiring. These projects allow students to gain real world experience in construction and use of specialized tools and equipment. Dr. Schott ended his report by noting there had been no missed days to that point this year, and he was keeping an eye on announcements by the Governor as he readied to prepare the upcoming budget.

After approving the consent agenda, and payment of bills, during which it was noted that hearing costs were down considerably’ the Board approved personnel decisions as discussed in closed session, and two overnight field trips, one for the eighth grade to Washington DC, and one for the Seniors to Baltimore.

The Board’s next meeting will be a joint session with the Highland Board of Supervisors at the county modular building on Monday, January 18th at 7:30.

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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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