The Botetourt County School Board will hold a Special Meeting Monday, November 21, 2016, 8:00 a.m., at the Central Administration Office, 143 Poor Farm Road, Fincastle, VA, 24090.
The Botetourt County School Board is seeking proposals for the lease-purchase of a total of six (6) school buses off of the Virginia state contract. This will include the purchase of two (2) 35 passenger SPED with wheelchair door, lift, and tie downs; and four (4) 65 passenger standard buses.For more information please see attached- Bus Lease.
Pursuant to the Code of Virginia §24.2-228, the Botetourt County School Board will hold a Public Hearing in order to consider the selection of an individual to fill a vacancy that has occurred in the Buchanan District. The individual must be a qualified voter of the Buchanan election district and will fulfill the term through
December 31, 2017.
The Public Hearing will be held Monday, November 28, 2016,
6:00 p.m., at the Central Administration Office,
143 Poor Farm Road, Fincastle, VA, 24090.
The Botetourt County School Board has scheduled a Work Session on November 17, 2016, 8:00 a.m., at the Williamsburg Lodge, 310 South England Street, Williamsburg, VA, 23185, in the Constitution Room.
The Virginia Department of Education is asking parents, educators and other citizens interested in the commonwealth’s public schools to complete a brief online survey on school quality and accountability. Results from the survey will help inform the development of the commonwealth’s plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, the 2015 federal education law that replaced No Child Left Behind.
The survey is anonymous and participants are not asked to provide identifying information beyond describing themselves (e.g., parent, teacher, business professional) and where they live (e.g., Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, Southwest Virginia).
On Friday, November 4, 2016 at approximately 12:20 pm, Lord Botetourt High School implemented a lockdown.
School officials discovered a written statement located in a girl’s restroom, indicating that a bomb was on school grounds. Lord Botetourt High School responded by implementing a lockdown while a thorough search of the building and grounds were conducted.
The Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene immediately with law enforcement personnel and K-9 units from the Virginia State Police, Roanoke City Police Department, and the Virginia Tech Police Department.
The lockdown ended at approximately 2:35 pm. No threat to students, faculty or the school was discovered; however the Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the school division, is continuing to investigate this matter.
All decisions made during this event were made based on maintaining student safety.
The school division expresses appreciation to all agencies involved for their support related to the evolving situation today.
On December 16, 2016, at Lord Botetourt High School, the James River Knights boys’ basketball team will be taking on the Lord Botetourt Cavalier boys’ basketball team. In conjunction with the boys’ basketball, the Friends of Rachel and Rachel’s Challenge clubs of the Botetourt County middle and secondary schools will present the Richard Henegar, Jr. Act of Kindness Community Award during half time.
In 2012, the first community event for Rachel’s Challenge took place prior to the annual meeting of these two teams. During halftime, Richard Henegar, Jr., a Lord Botetourt High School graduate, was named the original recipient of our community award. After hearing the story of a Radford University student who had been the victim of a hate crime, Richard took it upon himself to fix and remodel the young man’s vandalized car. This was Richard’s own personal act of kindness. Because of his desire to help individuals, Richard opened Quality Cares Automotive in hopes of helping the community through service and philanthropy.
We are now seeking nominees for the Richard Henegar, Jr. Act of Kindness Community Award, named in honor of our first recipient. Nominees should be individuals who, through their actions, demonstrate kindness and compassion towards an individual, a group of individuals, or the community.
If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please write a short narrative that summarizes this person’s act of kindness and the impact it had on the individual(s) or community. In your submission, please include your name and telephone number, as well as the contact information for the person you are nominating.
You can submit nominations online at:
You can also submit nominations by mail, email, or fax to:
c/o Read Mountain Middle School
182 Orchard Hill Drive
Cloverdale, VA 24077
All nominations should be completed by November 18, 2016.
Please contact Summer Underwood if additional information is needed.
We will meet on at Central Academy Middle School. The topic of our fall meeting will be Preparing for Middle and High School Advanced Learning Opportunities. All interested parents of gifted students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Our spring meeting will address elementary gifted opportunities.
The Botetourt County Public Schools Special Education Advisory Committee presents two parent & teacher information sessions on topics related to Dyslexia. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Teachers; in the Lord Botetourt High School Library: Part I Dyslexia: An Overview for Parents and
Part II Dyslexia: Strategies and Resources for Parents and Students; in the Lord Botetourt High School Library:
If you would like more information regarding your local SEAC, you may contact Julie A. Baker, Supervisor of Special Education, at 473-8263.
VDOE to conduct stakeholder roundtable sessions on proposed regulations for the use of restraint and seclusion in Virginia public schools (see attached ) during October 2016
VDOE roundtable sessions will include invited stakeholders representing various constituencies, including parents, educators, and special interest groups. Mr. John Eisenberg, VDOE Assistant Superintendent, will moderate each session. An opportunity for public input following the stakeholder roundtable discussion will be provided. Those wishing to provide public input should contact the Department of Education at 804-225-2013 (see attached VDOE notice for public input procedures).
Roundtable sessions are scheduled fromat the following locations:
- Brooke Point High School, Stafford, VA
- Lord Botetourt High School, Daleville, VA
- Hampton City School Board Office, Hampton, VA
The draft regulations are available on the Virginia Board of Education Web site at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/meetings/2016/02-feb/agenda-items/item-g.pdf.