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From volunteer service and fund-raising efforts by parents, to state-of-the-art facilities and corporate gifts, Botetourt County’s children have some of the finest opportunities a public school system has to offer. “We are extremely lucky to have the level of business and parental giving we enjoy,” said former Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jack Thomas. “From athletics to computers to fine arts, I have never seen the level of involvement I have in this community.”


One such group that has helped with the technological advancements within the school division is the Botetourt County Public Schools Educational Foundation, Inc. This non-profit, tax exempt Foundation was created in 1994 by business leaders and others interested in supporting quality education in Botetourt County. The Foundation has already donated four educational programs to the school division.


The Foundation’s first gift was in interactive television system, called ITV, between James River High School, Lord Botetourt High School and Botetourt Technical Education Center. ITV allows students from one school to take classes at the other through a fully interactive video and audio link between the schools. With the ITV system, the schools have been able to increase offerings to their students without the cost of duplicating services at the other school.


A second project was created and undertaken by the Foundation in association with CISCO Computer Systems to provide a CISCO Networking Academy at the Botetourt Technical Education Center or B-TEC. The 12-terminal center is home to a two-year program that will train students to become experts in routing technology and enable them to maintain small to medium size computer networks while allowing them to earn college credit at the same time. Over 80 citizens and businesses gave money for the creation of the $33,000 CISCO lab. The CISCO program is now available to all businesses in the valley through the evening continuing education opportunities at B-TEC.


With the support and financial assistance of the PTA’s at the seven elementary schools, the Foundation completed its third project, providing over $20,000 of matching funds to integrate the powerful Accelerated Match software program into instruction. Accelerated Math manages and monitors student’s mathematics skills from primary math through calculus. Dr. Thomas praised the efforts of the Foundation Board and the PTAs to raise the matching dollars necessary to make the $40,000 Accelerated Math project a success. “Our teachers will have access to immediate feedback on an individual student’s progress in mathematics, as well as be able to diagnose difficulties that a student may be experiencing,” said Thomas.


The Foundation’s fourth projects provided our elementary students with supplemental nonfiction, multilevel reading materials which support the Science and Social Studies curricula. These materials will allow all students access to nonfiction on their own reading level.



Board of Directors

John R. Patterson, President

Todd Wampler, Vice President

Tony Brads

Anne Cook

Rod Dillman

Diana Dixon

Jay Etzler

Jay Gilliland

Lyn Hayth

Allen Layman

Pete McKnight

Brandon Nicely

Phillip Simmons

R. Coleman Reid

Sonny Spickard


School Board Liaison

Ruth Wallace



Project Information

Jay Gilliland, Building Committee Chairman



Phillip Simmons, B-Tec, Buildings Trade



Botetourt County Public School

Education Foundation, Inc.

143 Poor Farm Road

Fincastle, Virginia 24090