• Math Fun Friday

    Moneta Elementary School, with the help of grant money and the Smith Mountain Lake Good Neighbors, is conducting an after school math program to help students learn to like math.

        According to Kathryn Smith, the school’s after school grant coordinator, the after school math program is held every night, with a Fun Friday each week. The Fun Friday is also teaching math. The children play games, but each game involves math. The games are followed by a family meal with Good Neighbors providing the food and families eating together.

  • BSTC cosmetology grad knows the value of the program

    Becky Stanley, owner of Trendsetters, a hair salon in Bedford, feels a debt of gratitude toward the cosmetology program at Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC). A 1981 Liberty High School graduate, she also graduated from BTC’s cosmetology program.

        “It made my career,” she commented.

  • Liberty HS raising torch of awareness through Project Unify

        Liberty High School’s work with Special Olympics is taking off in a big way.

        Several years ago, when it looked like athletes from Liberty wouldn’t get to compete in a Special Olympics event because of a scheduling conflict, Alicia Schneider was determined she wasn’t going to let that happen.
        So the school hosted its own event for the county’s three high schools. That has become an annual event and schools from outside the area are also now being invited to participate.

  • School board OK’s money for track, baseball field upgrades

        After hearing from two speakers asking that more money be spent to improve the three county high schools’ tracks, the Bedford County School Board voted Thursday to spend an additional $133,000—$1.2 million in all—for the upgrades.
        Jerome Loy, a former county teacher and track coach, and Joe Curcio, the Staunton River track coach and state meet organizer, both asked that the JF track, during the upgrades, be made into an eight-lane track. This would allow the county to host a state meet in the future.

  • Supporting education

        The Bedford Area Education Foundation held a breakfast, Thursday, to showcase what it is doing for the county’s schools and what the schools are doing.

        The Education Foundation was started in 2001 with the goal of raising private donations to provide funds for grants to county teachers. The idea is to supplement what the school division provides. During its 15-year history, the Foundation has given $275,500 in grants. During the last school year, the Foundation made $19,368 in grants.

  • Hall of Fame

        First Sergeant Lennie Hutton, who started as Bedford Science and Technology Center’s JROTC instructor this year, was just recently inducted into the Army’s Drill Instructor Hall of Fame.

  • 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.