By Aila Boyd

Botetourt County School Board Chairman Michael Beahm, who represents the Valley District, recently announced that he will not be running for re-election this November.

Michael Beahm, chairman of the Botetourt County School Board, recently announced his decision not to seek another term.
Photo by Aila Boyd

By the time his term expires, he will have served 24 years and nine months on the School Board. He is currently the most senior member.

When he first started out on the School Board, members were still appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

I feel you need to be involved in the community,” Beahm said of the reason why he wanted to be on the School Board in the first place.

I’ve had close ties with education even though I’ve never taught myself,” Beahm said, adding that several members of his family have been teachers.

Beahm, a 1973 graduate of Virginia Tech, has spent the majority of his life farming. However, he drove a school bus for a period of time when he was a student at Lord Botetourt High School.

Even though he likes representing the Valley District and thinks that he’s doing a good job,…

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