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Education

  • Dr. Schuch asks for 4.7% salary adjustment for teachers

    By Tom Wilmoth and John Barnhart
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        The budget takes center stage for the Bedford County School Board this week as it begins working through the proposed $106.39 million budget proposed by Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.
        The proposed budget includes an operating fund request of $100.26 million, up 2.21 percent from last year, and the restoration of $1 million to the school maintenance project fund.

  • School board gives OK to raise funds for astro turf at JF field

        Jefferson Forest High School has moved one step closer to installing artificial turf at its Sabre Stadium. Now the real work begins.
        With the 5-2 vote, the Bedford County School Board approved the proposal which would allow the school’s Cavalier Club to begin raising funds in support of the installation.

  • FMS student wins county spelling bee

        Seventeen very serious looking elementary and middle school students lined the stage of Liberty High School’s auditorium, Tuesday morning, for Bedford County’s annual spelling bee. All were winners of their respective schools’ spelling bee.

        By round six, only two were left. Case Bohannon, a seventh grader from Forest Middle School, and Finn Plattus, a fifth grader from Thaxton Elementary School, then proceeded to battle it out for 21 rounds before Bohannon emerged as the winner.

  • Scare prompts upgrade to security system

        Forest Elementary School has the best school security in Bedford County, the product of three factors coming together at the same time.

  • Real-world education

        The students were creating their own worlds.

        The Bedford Middle School contingent sat down to create those worlds through Minecraft, a video game about placing blocks to make about anything you can dream up.
        It’s something they do every week as part of their 21st Century After School Program run through the Bower Center for the Arts. And on Monday, the students had new computers to use—complements of the Bedford Science and Technology (BSTC) Computer Systems Technology class.

  • Budget season begins

        People packed the school board’s Thursday night meeting for a public hearing on the school division’s budget for the next school year. Most of the speakers, including representatives of the Bedford County Education Association (BCEA), called for teacher pay raises.
        “I do teach for the love of children and learning,” said Peggy Terrell.

  • Taking flight

        Soar Dunk, an inspirational acrobatics team from Liberty University, paid a visit to Forest Elementary’s gym last week for a character assembly.

        “We get to travel around and give encouraging messages wherever we go,” said Evan Apon, a member of the team.

  • School board will vote on JF fundraiser to purchase artificial turf at another meeting

        After a lengthy public hearing on the school budget Thursday, the Bedford County School Board got down to its slated business for the evening’s agenda, which included numerous financial concerns for this budget year.

  • Morgan leaving SRHS; Cornett to serve as acting principal

        The leader of Staunton River High School will be heading north soon.
        Dr. Michelle Morgan has accepted an administrative position with Fairfax County Public Schools, placing her closer to loved ones, according to a news release from the school system.
        Dr. Morgan has served as the school’s principal since 2010 and has been with Bedford County Public Schools since 2005. She is a graduate of Staunton River High School.

  • Budget work begins

        The first public hearing on the upcoming school budget will be held this Thursday, Feb. 5, in the school board conference room, at 7 p.m.
        This year’s budget season is likely to be much like the past few, as the board has to crunch dollars and make decisions on raises, technology upgrades, healthcare premiums and school operations. There will be plenty of decisions the school board will have to make when it comes to spending the dollars it will receive.