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Education

  • State pulls pay raise funding

        Randy Hagler, the school division’s chief financial officer, had some bad news for the school board at its meeting Thursday, Sept. 9.
        “The state has run into an issue,” he said. “There is a substantial shortfall in the state’s revenue forecast.”

  • School system revises strategic plan

        The Bedford County School Board is moving toward adopting a new strategic plan. According to Dr. Douglas Schuch, the purpose of a strategic plan is to give a clear definition of where the school division wants to go so that resources can be properly allocated.
        Dr. Schuch said focus groups that included parents, students, teachers and support staff have been held. Central office senior staff have met six times since November, 2015 to work on the plan. A large school staff group met in July to discuss it.

  • DeLong is region's top teacher

        For the fourth time in seven years, Bedford County Public Schools has had one of its teachers named Region V Teacher of the Year.
        Liberty High School social studies teacher Crystal DeLong learned she had won the honor at a surprise announcement in the school’s library. Many of her students were there to show their support.

  • It’s that time... School opens Monday

        Bedford County Public School age residents may not be ready to go back to school, but the schools are ready for them when school opens this Monday, Aug. 15.

        Thursday night, various school division department heads briefed school board members on the schools’ readiness.

  • Pilot programs added

        A report of mixed results from the first year of a pilot program on personalized learning came as no surprise to Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.
        “The report for the school board (last month) was the public side of it,” Dr. Schuch said this week. “We’ve been monitoring the progress for really the past year.”

  • BCPS names new school administrators

        Bedford County Public Schools has introduced several changes in administrative positions, including a new principal at Moneta Elementary School, Shawn Trosper, who is taking over for Melanie Simmons who has taken a position with the Central Office.

  • Gym plans OK'd

        In order to stay within budget, the Bedford County School Board decided to go with a new gymnasium at Liberty High School that will have seating for 1,230.

  • 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.