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Education

  • Health insurance costs to impact school budget

        Employees with Bedford County Public Schools will likely have a new health insurance plan next year as the school system works to keep health insurance rates as low as possible.
        The Bedford County School Board met in the first of two work sessions to discuss the 2015 budget and much of that discussion focused on the cost of health care. If the school system decided to keep its current plans, premium costs would rise 28 percent, increasing the school system’s cost by $2.6 million.

  • Building Men of Substance

        Jarrett Ferguson, director of strength and conditioning for football at Virginia Tech, provided a voice of recent experience when he addressed a group of eighth grade boys at Bedford Middle School Monday afternoon.

        Ferguson, a 1997 Staunton River High School grad, was the guest speaker at this month’s Building Men of Substance meeting.

  • Otter River students meet NASA astronaut

        Christopher Cassidy didn’t grow up wanting to become an astronaut. But when he did make that decision, he put together quite a résumé.

  • School Board begins its budget talks: Dr. Schuch's proposal calls for additional $4.4 million from county

        School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch presented his proposed $109 million budget to the Bedford County School Board last Thursday; this week board members start putting their own marks on the school budget request.

        The County Board of Supervisors will have the final say when it decides on its ultimate allocation of local funds for the school budget.

  • FMS student wins County Bee

        This wasn't Yoomin Hwang's first spelling bee, but it was the first time she had participated in one while living in the United States. And she was a little nervous.

  • Board lowers some fees to use school facilities

    hasn’t been used in prior years.
        Rhonda Ellis has had children in the program at Moneta Elementary and stated both benefited from it. “A student’s positive start with preschool is so important,” Ellis said, adding that the staff at Moneta Elementary “lovingly care for the children as if they were their own.”
        Jessica Chattin also spoke in favor of funding for the program at Moneta Elementary, noting the number of students who wouldn’t have access to the program if funding is cut.

  • Students celebrate National FFA Week

        Thursday morning, Buddy the calf became the center of attention for the Liberty High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) students.

        And he seemed to enjoy the attention.
        Buddy was the star of the show for the FFA’s “Cow Plop” fundraiser. The students had sold tickets to those wanting to buy a block in Buddy’s pin. Whichever ticket-holder’s block Buddy plopped in first, would win the raffle.

  • SES sees big results

        When Susan Mele arrived as principal at Stewartsville Elementary, the majority of her day was taken up dealing with discipline issues at the school.

  • Digital classrooms gain traction

        A group of eighth graders from Bedford County’s three middle schools have been living “in the clouds” this school year—but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been learning.
        In fact, the consensus seems to be that digital learning is the future for the students of tomorrow and that tomorrow is closer than we think.
        “I love it,” stated Bedford Middle School eighth grade math teacher Dorothy Roach. “I wish all my kids had computers (for school).”

  • New school will be major topic at meeting

        Steps to constructing a new secondary school in the Liberty Zone continue to fall into place, but the biggest question—just what kind of school will be built—still has to be answered.
        Members of the Bedford County School Board are hoping that a meeting next Thursday, Jan. 30, with members of the board of supervisors will bring clarification to that question.