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Education

  • Store rewards good behavior

        Forest Middle School (FMS) has taken a unique approach to behavior. It’s a store where students can buy items they want, but instead of money, the currency the store accepts consists of points earned by good behavior.

        “Instead of the school trying to catch you doing wrong, we are going to catch you doing right, and reward you,” said Paul Nazigian, the school’s assistant principal.

  • Key throws a party for her students

    Cindy Key didn’t want a party for her retirement – instead she wanted to give one.

  • School board chooses option for middle school design

    The architects and consultants working on plans for the new middle school in the Liberty zone now have direction as to what that school should look like, following Thursday night’s meeting of the Bedford County School Board.

        During a briefing on the progress  of the design of the school, board members unanimously agreed to go with a more traditional look for the school -- one that incorporates a similar look to the front of the current Bedford Middle School.

  • BMS begins Help Save the Next Girl chapter

        A Help Save the Next Girl chapter has been up and running at Bedford Middle School (BMS) since December.

  • LHS Theatre presents musical

        Liberty High School Theatre continues to grow and is offering area residents the opportunity to spend “A Year with Frog and Toad” this weekend.

        The musical production will be presented April 15 and April 16 at 7:30 p.m. each evening at the LHS auditorium.
         The cost is $10, general admission and promises to be an event for the entire family, according to Shayna Crews, director of theatre, dance and career internship at LHS.

  • Students from county elementary schools take part in Honors Choir event

        A rehearsal of the Bedford County Honors Choir at Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS), Friday, demonstrated that fifth graders can be civilized.

        The Honors Choir consists of 107 fifth grade children from every elementary school in the county. The goal was to provide them a day-long musical opportunity with a professional conductor and accompanist.

  • School board adopts budget

        The Bedford County School Board adopted a preliminary budget, Thursday night, which includes an increase of $3.45 million over last year in local funding.
        The total budget request that will be presented to the supervisors is for $101 million. The school board adopted the budget unanimously.
        This amount includes $35,000 for B team sports.

  • BSTC gets its own ambulance

        The Big Island Emergency Crew has donated a used ambulance to Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC).

        “It will be in daily use by the students,” said BSTC supervisor Kim Halterman.
        The school’s EMT students will not be running emergency calls in it. Students get real world experience on calls with actual rescue squads. The ambulance will be used as an amplification of classroom work.

  • Board to begin discussion of budget proposal

        Dr. Douglas Schuch presented the school board with a proposed budget of $101,282,991 for the next school year Thursday night. That’s $3,401,855 less than last year’s budget.
        But the school board will actually seek more local funding.
        How did that happen?

  • Norovirus outbreak closes Montvale Elementary for one day

        An outbreak of norovirus at Montvale Elementary led to a decision to close the school last Friday to prevent further spread of the virus and to allow for a thorough cleansing of the school building.
        The action appears to have worked. After having close to half of the school absent on Thursday, only 27 students were out of school on Monday.