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Lisa Barnett, Instructional Coordinator, invited to State of the Union Address

posted Jan 15, 2015, 6:12 AM by bcps web   [ updated Jan 15, 2015, 8:27 AM ]

Sen. Tim Kaine will invite Lisa Barnett, coordinator for Career and Technical Education for Botetourt County Public Schools, as his guest to the President’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Kaine co-chairs the bipartisan Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus and has made improving CTE one of his top priorities in the Senate. He grew up working in his father’s ironworking shop and spent a year as a missionary in Honduras, where he worked as the principal of a school that taught welding and carpentry. After experiencing the power of technical education firsthand, Kaine as Virginia governor went on to spearhead the creation of Governor’s Career and Technical Academies in Virginia — now called the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academies. In the Senate, Kaine has introduced legislation to increase access to high-quality CTE programs and facilitate CTE career exploration programs for middle school students.

“I’m thrilled Ms. Barnett will join me as my guest in Washington Tuesday,” said Kaine. “Lisa Barnett and her colleagues in Botetourt County have worked hard to ensure students have access to skills training that will prepare them for good, high-paying jobs that often go unfilled because employers can’t find workers with the necessary technical training. Their work to make a high-quality CTE education accessible to students sets an impressive example for educators across the nation. I look forward to continuing my work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to strengthen career and technical education for students across Virginia and the U.S.”

"I am honored to represent Botetourt County at the State of the Union Address,” said Lisa Barnett. “It's exciting to be a part of the national discussion on the relevance of Career and Technical Education. Through project-based learning and real world application, students enrolled in CTE programs apply their academic knowledge and learn valuable soft skills that are vital to success in their future endeavors."

Last year, Kaine’s guest was Army Staff Sgt. Tammy Brown, a machinist and welder stationed at Fort Lee who served on active duty for more than 15 years, including tours in Kosovo and Iraq.

Submitted by Sarah Peck, Sen. Tim Kaine's Office

Lord Botetourt girls' basketball coach Pound passes 300-win mark

posted Jan 15, 2015, 6:09 AM by bcps web

Coach Chuck Pound has been on the sidelines for Lord Botetourt High School's girls' basketball team for 18 years. On Dec. 27, his team achieved the 300th career win for Pound.

Pound, who is also the athletic director for LBHS, said, "I have been fortunate to have good talent and good help. No coach can win without talented players and people to help out."

Pound is a great coach, though, as evidenced by his career. Three hundred wins is a milestone seldom, if ever, reached by an average coach. Some memorable career moments are trips to state championship games in Richmond and "winning," as he said, "a few good games we shouldn't have."

He sees the perks of being around a long while. "I get invited to a number of weddings and sometimes get to hold a baby or two," he said.

Congratulations to Chuck Pound on the milestone!

By Cathy Benson 981-3140

Attention All Nurses!

posted Dec 19, 2014, 9:13 AM by bcps web   [ updated Dec 19, 2014, 9:14 AM ]

Botetourt County Public Schools (BCPS) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of a Nurse's Aide Teacher Assistant.

Rachel's Challenge Community Event 2014

posted Dec 10, 2014, 6:10 AM by bcps web   [ updated Dec 19, 2014, 9:18 AM ]

Rachel's Challenge Community Event held Friday, December 5th at LBHS.  Savannah Day was this year's recipient of the Richard Henegar, Jr. Act of Kindness Community Award, demonstrating 
kindness and compassion towards an individual, a group of individuals, or the community.​

Rachel's Challenge Community Event 2014

Third annual Rachel's Challenge December 5th at Lord Botetourt High School

posted Dec 4, 2014, 10:08 AM by Beth Allen   [ updated Dec 4, 2014, 10:11 AM by bcps web ]

The third annual Rachel’s Challenge Community event is scheduled for Dec. 5 at Lord Botetourt High School.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Rachel Clubs from each Botetourt County secondary school. It will take place in conjunction with the boys’ basketball game between James River and Lord Botetourt.

The pre-game activities will be held in the Lord Botetourt High School cafeteria and auxiliary gym from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All pre-game activities are free and open to the community and will include a cornhole tournament, airbrush tattoos, face painting, hair braiding, bungee racing and more.

If you are interested in participating in the cornhole tournament, contact Summer Underwood at

Regular admission fees will apply for admittance to the basketball game.

Submitted by Susan Albert

Colonial Elementary 75th Anniversary Celebration

posted Dec 2, 2014, 6:02 AM by bcps web   [ updated Dec 2, 2014, 6:54 AM ]

On November 25, 2015 Colonial Elementary alumni, faculty, friends, students and staff came together to celebrate the school's 75-year history of public service education.

We thank those who were a part of the celebration, and everyone who has helped us achieve our successes over the past 75 years. Colonial Elementary remains committed to its mission of educating and preparing the the next generation of leaders for many more years to come!

See slideshow below of the events of the day.

Colonial Elementary- 75th Anniversary

Attention All Registered Nurses!

posted Nov 17, 2014, 11:47 AM by bcps web   [ updated Dec 1, 2014, 7:09 AM ]

Botetourt County Public Schools (BCPS) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of a Nurse's Aide Teaching Assistant. The teaching assistant will be required to accompany nursing students from Botetourt Technical Education Center (BTEC) to off‐site locations within Botetourt County as they participate in clinical activities on Monday—Thursday mornings. The position will pay $25.00 per hour. The approximate number of hours required throughout the year is 145. Interested applicants should  complete the online "Support Staff" application provided through the BCPS website: 

Qualifications: Must hold RN license.
(NOTE: This is not a School Nurse position)

Questions? Contact Lisa Barnett @ 540-473-8216

Happy Veteran's Day!

posted Nov 11, 2014, 9:03 AM by bcps web   [ updated Nov 13, 2014, 3:53 PM ]

Today we give thanks our service members and to remember the sacrifices have made. Many schools are honoring Veteran's today. Enjoy slideshow below highlighting a few of the day's events.

Lord Botetourt Band Booster Craft Show

posted Nov 9, 2014, 1:39 PM by bcps web   [ updated Nov 9, 2014, 1:41 PM ]

Please join us! 

Saturday, November 15th 
Lord Botetourt High School 

OVER 60 Vendors 
Free Admission, Concessions, Bake Sale, Raffles, Door Prizes

Bank of Botetourt presents JRHS Best of Show Award, Mountain Magic Fall Exhibition

posted Nov 6, 2014, 9:22 AM by bcps web   [ updated Nov 6, 2014, 9:22 AM ]

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