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Reminder: November 25, 2015

posted Nov 24, 2015, 6:51 PM by bcps web   [ updated Nov 24, 2015, 6:51 PM ]

Schools will dismiss two (2) hours early tomorrow (Nov. 25). 

Also, schools will be closed Thursday and Friday.

We hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

Happy Veteran's Day

posted Nov 11, 2015, 11:16 AM by bcps web   [ updated Nov 11, 2015, 11:41 AM ]

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

Veteran's Day 2015

Central Academy- Marines' Hymn

Reminder: November 3, 2015

posted Nov 2, 2015, 1:50 PM by Beth Allen   [ updated Nov 2, 2015, 1:51 PM by bcps web ]

No School for Students: Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences (12:30- 6:30) ; Middle & High School Teacher In-Service 

BTEC welding lab wins matching grant through Governor's Competition for Talent Solutions

posted Oct 30, 2015, 12:15 PM by bcps web   [ updated Oct 30, 2015, 12:16 PM ]

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the winners of the first Governor’s Competition for Talent Solutions on Wednesday, Oct. 28. 

The Botetourt Education Foundation was a winner. The grant is a $200,000 match for the funds already raised for the Botetourt Technical Education Center's new welding lab to be applied toward work force development.

Bob Patterson, chairman of the Botetourt Education Foundation, was effusive in his praise for the efforts of Botetourt school division's Brian Austin, Jim Bradshaw, Altec's Brian Price, Pete McKnight, a local developer and Dr. John Rainone and Gary Keener of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

"These people raised the funds that got the lab started and complete enough to use," Patterson said. "It is one of the finest welding labs in the commonwealth. Del. Terry Austin, Sen. Tim Kaine and Commonwealth Secretary of Commerce Maurice Jones were integral in their assistance.

"As chairman, I can say I am fortunate to have such good board members and associates. This grant seemed tailor made to our situation. It required a school system, private industry, a 501(c)3 corporation and a high education facility to work together. We had all of them.

"It speaks well for the future of our welding program, including future work with the American Welding Society and perhaps it will even bring people here on a tourist level."

By Cathy Benson 981-3140

Reminder: October 19, 2015

posted Oct 19, 2015, 9:24 AM by bcps web   [ updated Oct 19, 2015, 9:24 AM ]

Report Cards for 1st Nine Weeks will be sent home with students today.

John S. Busher III appointed Superintendent effective October 1st, 2015.

posted Sep 22, 2015, 5:35 AM by Beth Allen   [ updated Sep 22, 2015, 8:19 AM by bcps web ]

The Botetourt County Public Schools is pleased to announce that John S. Busher III has been appointed as Superintendent of the Botetourt County Public Schools.  The school division has been working with Ray & Associates for the past few months.  The deadline for applicants for this position was drawing to a close on September 22nd.  The board had appointed John Busher to be the interim superintendent until such time that a new superintendent was hired.  

For the past three months, Mr. Busher has been doing the job on a daily basis.  Originally when approached to be the interim, he was asked if he was interested in being the superintendent and was he planning to apply for the position.  Mr. Busher informed the board that he was not interested in doing the job on a regular basis.  He was retired and was working part time for the state helping other school divisions improving student achievement.  He loves Botetourt and was a very dedicated employee when he worked for the school division previously, but he did not want to be considered for full time employment.

Mr. Busher was no stranger to our school division and being retired for two years did not diminish his love and concern for the Botetourt Schools.  He began from day one and delved right into the everyday issues and began taking up the reins without missing a beat.  His performance for the past three months has been exemplary.  He did not come in and coast along doing a little of this and a little of that.  He jumped in and began laying out a plan to assist the new person coming in to take on this important job.  His philosophy was to make sure he knew what was happening and not that he thought he knew what was happening.  Mr. Busher worked very hard to lay a foundation depicting the school division’s strengths and areas needing attention.  He met with employees across the division and began orchestrating a comprehensive plan reviewing where we were, where we are, and where we need to be in the future.

During these three months, the Board worked closely with Mr. Busher and realized what he was actually doing and how impressed they were with his findings.  He probed into things and began putting this school puzzle together piece by piece.  Dr. Brads had left things in good order and much of what Mr. Busher found, he remembers working on with Dr. Brads.   It was easy for him to pick up where Dr. Brads left off, since he had worked so closely with him for so many years.  Every meeting the Board had with Mr. Busher gave them more insight into what he was actually capable of doing.  The Board realized that this man was not simply retired, filling in on a temporary basis, but that he really personified a true leader taking on diverse tasks at hand. Ray & Associates had helped us to qualify the characteristics we were looking for in a superintendent. After reviewing what they learned from their meetings with people in our schools and our community, we realized everything we were looking for in a superintendent was already here in John Busher. The Board began talking to one another and felt strongly that they needed to have another conversation with him regarding this position.  Mr. Busher was consulted several times as to whether or not he changed his mind regarding giving this position serious consideration.  He really hadn’t given it any more thought since he just wanted to serve as the interim. After several individual conversations, the board was in agreement that they needed to pursue Mr. Busher as the next superintendent.  Ray & Associates were contacted and told that we were considering Mr. Busher to fill this position and that we wanted to suspend the search.  

Mr. Busher accepted this opportunity and is eager to continue what he has already begun.  Mr. Busher will begin his tenure officially as Division Superintendent October 1, 2015.  The details of his contract are yet to be worked out and will be completed prior to the first of October.  Mr. Busher previously worked for the Botetourt County Public Schools as Assistant Superintendent for 8 years and retired in 2013.  Previously, he was employed with the Virginia Department of Education as an Accreditation/Assessment Specialist for 3 years helping school divisions to improve student academic performance.   Prior to that, he was in Franklin County as the principal of the middle school for 4 years and also principal of the elementary school for 7 years.   He also served as an adjunct professor at Ferrum College for a year teaching students regarding curriculum development and assessment.  Mr. Busher is married to Karen Keane Busher, a gifted resource teacher with the Botetourt Schools and two children, Bronwyn and John.  Presently, both are in college, and are graduates of Botetourt County Public Schools.

Reminder: September 9, 2015

posted Sep 8, 2015, 4:52 PM by bcps web   [ updated Sep 8, 2015, 4:53 PM ]

1 Hour Early Dismissal: Teacher In-Service

BCPS students participate in "Small World, BIG IMPACT" Art Show at VWCC

posted Aug 28, 2015, 6:16 AM by bcps web   [ updated Aug 28, 2015, 6:18 AM ]

Save the Date: September 10, 2015 * 5-7pm

small world, BIG IMPACT

VWCC will be hosting an art show on September 10th from 5 – 7pm. An exciting aspect of this
program will be a display of art created as a joint STEM venture between Botetourt County HS
Biology and Art students bringing to their canvas the world of biology as seen through a microscope.
Our mental protons will be soaring as we enjoy this unique view of the world around us!

Both science and art students were asked to consider the theme "Small World, Big Impact."
Biology students selected a micro- or macroscopic living organism that they were studying
(as a regular part of their Dual Enrollment BIO 102 course). They each researched an organism
and were asked to conceptualize the organism's role and impact in a larger environment.
Then the science students teamed with both 2D and 3D art students to present and further
develop the idea. Art students were then tasked with conceptualizing the impact in their
assigned media. Combined, the scientists and artists will be presenting photographs, 2D
and 3D art and artist statements illustrating their group interpretations.

Opening attendees will have the opportunity to meet and speak with the artists themselves.
Light refreshments will be served. Invitation with details to follow.

BCPS welcomes new teachers!

posted Aug 9, 2015, 12:20 PM by bcps web   [ updated Aug 9, 2015, 12:31 PM ]

Teachers new to Botetourt County Public Schools spent the day of getting to know the school division and their assigned mentors on the first day back to school for faculty Monday, Aug. 3.

New teachers spent the day at the Greenfield Education and Training Center.  The new hires learned what it is like to be employed by Botetourt County Public Schools.  In addition to professional development, the more than 30 new teachers and their mentors enjoyed a luncheon. 

New Teachers and Mentors

Technology Fee

posted Jul 31, 2015, 10:30 AM by Beth Allen   [ updated Aug 3, 2015, 11:04 AM ]

How much is the technology fee?

The technology fee is $25 per student per year at Lord Botetourt and James River High School. This is part of the School Board's fees-and-charges schedule that is set each year in accordance of JN and JN-BR3.

What is the cost of a lost or broken device?

Consequences for lost, stolen and intentionally damaged devices are outlined in the mobile device agreement, which is signed by the student and parent or guardian.

What if my family can't afford the $25.00 fee?

Families that need financial assistance or who are unable to pay the fee, should contact their school principal. JN and JN-BR3 states that principals may "reduce or waive fees for economically disadvantaged students and students whose families are undergoing economic hardships and are financially unable to pay them." 

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