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Education

  • Holton takes an up close look at Moneta’s pilot program

        Moneta Elementary School is getting used to showcasing its personal learning pilot program to teachers and dignitaries.

        On Thursday, the school took that to another level, as Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton got up close and personal with several students as the school opened its classrooms to her and others to learn more about the program.
        Joining Holton on the tour were several members of the Bedford County School Board, Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch and Del. Kathy Byron.

  • Class has FMS students looking towards Mars

        Some eighth grade students at Forest Middle School are planning a mission to Mars.

        It’s all simulated, of course. The Bedford County School budget is much too small to finance the real thing. However, the planning is as real-world as possible, including regular briefings that the students must give to panels of adult professionals.
        This year is the first year for the class, the brain-child of Caitlin Unterman, who teaches the class, officially called Science Exploration.

  • School board makes cuts to budget

        The Bedford County School Board met Thursday night faced with the task of cutting $2 million from the budget it presented to the board of supervisors in late March.
        Dr. Douglas Schuch presented the board with recommended cuts. One of these cuts was the $250,000 the school board had placed in the project maintenance fund. Board Chairman Gary Hostutler sought to find cuts elsewhere to restore some of this money.
        “We need to have some project maintenance money,” he said.

  • Store rewards good behavior

        Forest Middle School (FMS) has taken a unique approach to behavior. It’s a store where students can buy items they want, but instead of money, the currency the store accepts consists of points earned by good behavior.

        “Instead of the school trying to catch you doing wrong, we are going to catch you doing right, and reward you,” said Paul Nazigian, the school’s assistant principal.

  • Key throws a party for her students

    Cindy Key didn’t want a party for her retirement – instead she wanted to give one.

  • School board chooses option for middle school design

    The architects and consultants working on plans for the new middle school in the Liberty zone now have direction as to what that school should look like, following Thursday night’s meeting of the Bedford County School Board.

        During a briefing on the progress  of the design of the school, board members unanimously agreed to go with a more traditional look for the school -- one that incorporates a similar look to the front of the current Bedford Middle School.

  • BMS begins Help Save the Next Girl chapter

        A Help Save the Next Girl chapter has been up and running at Bedford Middle School (BMS) since December.

  • LHS Theatre presents musical

        Liberty High School Theatre continues to grow and is offering area residents the opportunity to spend “A Year with Frog and Toad” this weekend.

        The musical production will be presented April 15 and April 16 at 7:30 p.m. each evening at the LHS auditorium.
         The cost is $10, general admission and promises to be an event for the entire family, according to Shayna Crews, director of theatre, dance and career internship at LHS.

  • Students from county elementary schools take part in Honors Choir event

        A rehearsal of the Bedford County Honors Choir at Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS), Friday, demonstrated that fifth graders can be civilized.

        The Honors Choir consists of 107 fifth grade children from every elementary school in the county. The goal was to provide them a day-long musical opportunity with a professional conductor and accompanist.

  • School board adopts budget

        The Bedford County School Board adopted a preliminary budget, Thursday night, which includes an increase of $3.45 million over last year in local funding.
        The total budget request that will be presented to the supervisors is for $101 million. The school board adopted the budget unanimously.
        This amount includes $35,000 for B team sports.