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Education

  • 18 of 19 county schools fully accredited

         Mark Blankenship, supervisor of testing and planning, gave the school board an update on school accreditation Thursday night.
        Blankenship said that all the county’s schools were fully accredited 10 years ago. That changed when the state came out with new standards of learning (SOL). When that happened the county ended up with only seven out of 21 schools fully accredited.

  • Action planned to expand FMS

        The school division is preparing to renovate Forest Middle School, correcting the building’s inadequacies.
        The school, built a quarter of a century ago was inadequate almost from the time it opened. Within a few years of its opening, students were taking classes in trailers.
        Thursday night, Ben Motley, of RRMM architects, gave the school board an update on the design. He presented two options for the renovation, both of which will expand the school’s capacity and correct design deficiencies.

  • Extreme makeover

        Riding the wave of a renewed enthusiasm and excitement for the school, the Staunton River High School community has come together providing some major upgrades to the school.    

  • Eclipse captures focus of nation

        The weather cooperated. A thunderstorm didn’t move in until late afternoon and the Bedford area had a clear view of the sun when the moon began to drift across it.

  • Viewing the solar eclipse on Monday

        Students and staff in Bedford County Public Schools will be able to view the solar eclipse Monday thanks to donations from a number of individuals and businesses to purchase proper eyewear.

  • Board OK’s contract for new school, gym

        The contracts are approved and now it’s finally time to begin construction on a new middle school in the Liberty zone.

        Last Thursday, the Bedford County School Board unanimously accepted the bid of Jamerson-Lewis Construction in the amount of $28,799,365 for the middle school project.
         The board also approved the bid of Blair Construction in the amount of $4,643,750 for the Liberty High School competition gym project.

  • Back to school

        School starts Monday for Bedford County Public Schools and various school division department heads presented the school board, Thursday night, with reports on the school division’s readiness for the new school year.

  • Early College

    This year marks the 10th year of the Early College program, which allows rising high school juniors to enroll as students at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC).

        The students graduate from CVCC with an associate’s degree a couple of weeks before they get their high school diploma from their base high schools. They take the college courses in lieu of the regular junior and senior year high school classes.

  • YMCA program introduces gardening

        The Bedford Area Family YMCA has planted a garden.

  • New contract

        On a 5-2 vote Thursday night, the Bedford County School Board agreed to a three-year contract for school superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.
        The one year remaining on his current contract was terminated and he was then offered the three year contract extension through June 30, 2020.