Highland School Board May Meeting

The 2014-15 school year is coming to a close, and as students look forward the final tasks for finishing out the school year, so does the Highland County School Board. Next year’s schedule and budget has been set, and Monday night’s meeting was short and businesslike, with a light agenda focused on activities remaining for the final month of the year.

High School principal April Goff reported that SOL testing would begin Tuesday, and continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the first of June. She also noted that she had not heard back from the Virginia High School League on proposed athletic schedule changes. Elementary principal Teresa Blum reported her students were very excited to be taking part in the D.A.R.E. classes, and that pre-school screening and registration had take place last week. She presented the Board members with umbrellas printed with the new school system logo, which were also given to staff as part of Teacher Appreciation Week.

Superintendent Dr. Thomas Schott began his presentation by expressing appreciation for messages and condolences received after the passing of his father. He touched on old business regarding the return of baseball as a sport by reporting there is a plan to do so – the first step in the process will be field development, which will take place later this summer.

Dr. Schott also noted that Monday was the first day of the veterinary clinic being held in conjunction with the staff of Westwood. Eight patients were seen during the day, four of those new. The clinic will be held the second Monday of every month, and he praised the work of agricultural instructor Steve Heavner in getting the program underway. Stay tuned to Allegheny Mountain Radio for a full story on the clinic.

In action items, the Board: approved personnel as presented in closed meeting, with chair Joe Neil abstaining; approved the submission of applications for Federal funding through the Special Ed Annual Plan; and approved a pay raise for the incoming School Board, as proposed by Dr. Schott. The next Board members will receive  $2,500, a $500 increase. The chair will receive an extra $100.

The next regular meeting will be June 1st, and a close out meeting is scheduled for June 24th.

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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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