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Education

  • School system unveils new App

        The new App for the school district is available for both android phone and iPhones. Key features include providing at-your-fingertips access to lunch menus, calendar events and the latest news for both the school and the district.

  • Students will find more technology; some will have new principals

        Summer is almost history and history is almost ready to be taught once again.
        On Monday, Bedford County Public Schools will be back in session.
        “We have a lot of leadership changes,” Dr. Douglas Schuch.
        The most visible of these changes will come in school offices in the form of new principals and assistant principals.

  • Drivers warned to obey laws around stopped buses

        School starts on Aug. 17 and big yellow buses will be traveling the streets and roads of Bedford County on their mission to take students to and from school safely.

        The children’s safety not only depends on the bus driver’s skill and judgment, it also depends on people obeying state law when they see a school bus stopped with its red lights flashing and its stop sign extended.

  • Rocket science

        The Bedford Central Library’s last Wacky Wednesday, a part of the library’s summer reading program, soared to new heights last week. The children got to design, build and launch their own rockets.

        “We put a little science with our art today,” said Lauren Harper, the youth services librarian.

  • Schools end fiscal year in the black

        The Bedford County School Board got some good news at its Thursday night meeting.
         According to Randy Hagler, the school division’s chief financial officer, the school division ended the last fiscal year $503,000 in the black. Hagler said this came about because the school division received $310,000 more in revenue than anticipated, while expenditures were $193,000 below what was budgeted. Hagler said the supervisors will be asked to re-appropriate this money to the school division’s maintenance fund.

  • Maybe there’s enough

        “It’s not as much money as we expected but it’s certainly a doable amount,” Bill Cram, an M. B. Kahn representative told the school board at a special called meeting last week.
        Kahn is the company the school board hired to oversee the construction of the new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone.

  • Hostutler: $38M might not be enough

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted, last week, to set a maximum price tag of $38 million on the construction of a new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone.

  • Closed schools declared surplus

        The school board unanimously voted, with no discussion, to declare Body Camp Elementary School and Thaxton Elementary School surplus and turn them over to the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. The resolution declares them surplus effective Aug. 1.

  • With the year over, reality begins to set in for 2 community schools

    Even as the Bedford County School Board was preparing to vacate Body Camp and Thaxton elementary schools this past week, supporters of those schools were still hoping for a change of heart.

        Several residents of the Thaxton community made pleas to the board to not close their school, during public comment time at Thursday’s meeting.
        But the pleas appear to be in vain.

  • School board chairman says delay costing money

        Bedford County School Board chairman Gary Hostutler believes the supervisors could be costing Bedford County taxpayers millions of dollars by delaying construction of the new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone.