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September 23, 2017

9/6/2017 2:24:00 PM
School Board Prepares To Tackle Compensation
P.E. Marshall
Staff Writer

HOT SPRINGS  — The Bath County School Board convened at Bath County High School Tuesday evening.

The board held a closed meeting, followed by a regular meeting. In the regular meeting, the board heard a presentation from Steve Miner, vice president of Springsted Inc., on a classification and compensation study.

Miner explained that the study would compare compensation and benefits in the Bath County School System with comparable employees.

The classification will ensure position descriptions are up-to-date and help with competitiveness.

The study methodology will include discussions with the school superintendent, department heads, employee-orientation meetings, a collection of data, evaluation of positions, market salary and benefits information and development of a salary line.

The final report is due for inclusion in the next budget and will include all personnel stipends.

The board also heard student enrollment and school reports from Millboro Elementary School, Valley Middle School and Bath County High School.

Principal Allison Hicklin reported that Millboro Elementary has an enrollment of 145 and received a Distinguished Service Award.

Valley Elementary Principal Steve Sizemore reported that the school has an enrollment of 204. He said teachers are pushing reading and literacy this year. He also reported that students are having a positive experience with the solar panels.
Principal Dr. Mike Perry reported that Bath County High School has 211 students,

with 12 in a dual-enrollment with Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, four in the Jackson River Governor’s School and 13 in Virtual Virginia.

Superintendent Sue Hirsch provided updates on construction and maintenance projects.

She reported that the solar project at Valley is reaching completion. The expected completion is the end of this week or Monday of next week. At that time, contractors will move on to Millboro. Bath County High School will have a new chiller installed.

Each school should have a second AED unit. They have been purchased and should be installed soon.

Board members also heard a presentation from Justin Ryder regarding fuel tanks for BCHS. He explained that there is only one source, Four-Star Petroleum, that works with the type of system at the school , so there won’t be another bid. After a further, detailed explanation from Ryder regarding the needs of the fuel tank system, the board approved a request for a supplemental appropriation request for $107,972.07 to be added to the budget. This amount includes excavating, electric, and anticipated costs.

In other action, the board:

— Approved the consent agenda, to include minutes, claims, attendance report (day 10 enrollment), and cafeteria, maintenance, and transportation reports;

— Approved a list of surplus items for disposal. The auction will be held Saturday at 10 a.m.

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