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Education

  • Kanode named Teacher of the Year

        Big Island Elementary’s Mona Kanode wears many hats.

        She serves as the school’s guidance counselor, media specialist and principal’s designee.
        Now she has another hat to wear: Bedford County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, 2019.
        The honor was announced last Thursday at a banquet. Kanode had previously been designated as one of three finalists for the honor.

  • DeLong wins VEA Award for Teaching Excellence

        Bedford County Education Association President Crystal DeLong, social studies teacher at Liberty High School, has received the 2018-2019 Virginia Education Association Award for Teaching Excellence. 
        This is the highest award VEA offers for teaching excellence in the Commonwealth. The winner earns $500 and becomes Virginia’s nominee for the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.

  • TOY finalists

        In addition to Mona Kanode, two other educators from Bedford County Public Schools were designated as finalists for Teacher of the Year: Suzanne Coleman and Lisa Elliott.
        Suzanne Coleman has been teaching at Boonsboro Elementary since 2001. This year she is working in a coaching role as the math specialist for the building. She has enjoyed working with students of all grade levels this year.

  • LHS Jazz Ensemble to present dinner and cafe

    By Foster Garrett
    Intern writer

        Just around the corner is the Liberty High School jazz ensemble’s 6th annual dinner and cafe, and those within the LHS community are highly encouraged to come out on Saturday, May 5, to take part in an evening alight with music and fare.
        Hosted by the Band Boosters, the event will take place in the LHS cafeteria and will feature a silent auction, delicious cuisine and jazz music put on by the band.

  • LMS work moves ahead

        According to Eddie Brown, of M. B. Kahn, Liberty Middle School is now between 80 and 85 percent complete. Brown briefed the school board at their Thursday evening meeting,
        “The inside of the building is really looking good,” he said.
        Brown expects the building to be open on schedule. At this stage, while weather can interrupt work   on   the ball  fields, it cannot disrupt interior work on the school, itself.

  • Trosper to be 1st principal of Liberty Middle School

        The first principal of Liberty Middle School, when it opens in August, has been named.

        Dr. Shawn Trosper will be the first-ever principal of the school. Rhetta Watkins, principal of Bedford Middle School, will be retiring at the end of the school year.
         Dr. Trosper has been employed by Bedford County Schools since 2006 and has served as principal of Moneta Elementary School since 2016. While at Moneta Elementary he has helped lead that school to full accreditation status.

  • Dr. Schuch receives Region 5 award

        Bedford County School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch has been named Region 5 2017-2018 superintendent of the year.

        The announcement was made Tuesday.
        “It’s an amazing honor,” stated Dr. Schuch Tuesday, minutes after finding out about the honor. “I really think it’s a reflection of our team in the school system.”

  • D-Day Memorial gets new hedgehog

        The National D-Day Memorial got a new hedgehog last week.

        This hedgehog is a full scale reproduction of a German anti-tank trap from World War II. It was designed to stop up to a medium tank.

  • School board adopts budget

        The Bedford County School Board, Thursday night, unanimously adopted a $105.7 million budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
        This budget is 3.1 percent higher than the current budget. The budget asks for an additional $1.2 million in local money, a 3.5 percent increase over the current level of local spending on the schools.

  • Video announces snow day to students

        Snow days for Bedford County Public Schools are becoming a video sensation for students, parents and staff.

        Knowing that a possible snow event could lead to a closing announcement, BCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Edwards went to work to complete a new video announcing that potential free day for Facebook.
        And it’s a hit.