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Education

  • School Board to pick second school to close

        Having received more than 100 recommendations to improve efficiency in the school system, Bedford County Public Schools has already taken steps to work on or complete around 25 percent of those.
        And in the upcoming few weeks, one of the most controversial of those recommendations will take center stage.

  • Close to 10,000 students return to school Thursday

        When Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch's mother immigrated to this country from Sweden in 1950 at the  age of 11, she entered a public school system that was designed for the industrial age.
        That meant instruction was delivered in a “highly efficient assembly-line fashion,” and students were sorted and selected, based on their abilities to master content in a prescribed amount of time.

  • A familiar face at JF

        The new school year starts tomorrow and, although Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) has a new principal, returning students will see a familiar face. That’s because Dr. Lee Ann Calvert has been assistant principal there for 13 years.

  • Minutemen Succeed; No Exceptions

        When Kathy Dills was in the fourth grade, a panel of teachers told her—and her parents—that she would always struggle in school and wouldn’t achieve academically.

        They did say she would make a good cheerleader, because of her high energy.
        Talk about motivation.

  • School combines sports, a Christian education

        Jesus is Lord Sports Academy is opening in Bedford in facilities owned by Faith Fellowship Church on West Depot Street.

        While it’s new to Bedford, Jay Barnhart, who is no relation to the author of this article, has operated the sports academy elsewhere.
        “We did it for four years in Washington, D. C.,” Barnhart said.
        Then, he and his wife moved to Amherst where they ran the sports academy for five years.
        Why the moves?

  • Community spruces up Bedford Primary School

        Students returning to Bedford Primary School next Thursday, Aug. 14, will be met with a spruced up exterior of the school.

        Residents from the community have been meeting this week to work on the landscaping at the front of the school, getting it ready for the opening of school—and for a tour two weeks later by the Bedford County School Board.

  • School board changes grading policy

        Students’ voices can be heard and can lead to change.
        A proposal generated by last year’s Student Advisory Council led the Bedford County School Board to change the school system’s grading policy for the upcoming school year.

  • JF, LHS to get new principals

    back in August, Liberty and Jefferson Forest high schools will have new principals.    Current LHS Principal Tim Overstreet and JF Principal Tony Francis are moving to the Bedford County Public School system’s central office staff, the result of action taken during the school board’s meeting last Thursday.

  • Thaxton gathers support

        While discussing the closing of Thaxton Elementary School wasn’t on the agenda for Thursday night’s Bedford County School Board meeting, several residents let it be known where they stand on the issue.

  • Restructuring underway

    The central office of Bedford County Public Schools will have some new faces and new titles this month as a result of action taken by the school board the past several meetings.
        As part of its effort to follow through with recommendations made in the state-mandated school efficiency study, the school board has voted to reorganize the central office staff structure to make it more in line with what the study suggested.