Highland School Board October Meeting

Even though the 2015-16 school year is barely halfway through the first quarter, the Highland County School Board looked towards next year at their regular October meeting Monday night. Superintendent Dr. Thomas Schott presented the board with his proposed 2016-17 school calendar, which he explained closely mirrors the current school year, changes in calendar days notwithstanding. School will begin on August 15th, and end on June 9th,  with graduation the 10th. There will be five built in days for make-up, as opposed to this year’s six – the number of holidays and professional development days which can be used for make-up remains the same at nine. Any unused built in days would be added to the April Easter break. Dr Schott noted that the calendar had been presented to the HCEA and to parents. The board voted to approve the calendar, along with one other action item, approval of personnel as discussed in closed session.

De. Schott also reported that accreditation levels for SOL’s are likely to change soon, pending approvals from the state Board of Education. He noted that the school veterinary program, held in conjunction with Westwood Veterinary Clinic has been extremely successful, and could expand next year. He praised the successes  of the STEM, culinary and cores subjects curriculum, and noted the pending rollout of new writing software. He gave special praise to the often unsung administrative assistants Karen Devore, Becky Stump and Susan Murray, who he credited with keeping all the school systems functioning smoothly.

During his report to the board, high school principal Tim Good noted a trip taken by 32 students to tour Blue Ridge Community College as part of the Career Connect tour. He has also received word that that instructors from the college will begin visiting Highland for further workforce development.

The board’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be Monday, November 9th.

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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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