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Education

  • School board begins work on budget

        Beginning this week, the Bedford County School Board will begin considering the budget proposal by School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch that includes a 3.9 percent spending increase over the current fiscal year budget.
        At last Thursday’s board meeting, Dr. Schuch presented the school board with a $102.87 million budget with additional proposed spending of $3.86 million over the current year’s budget. That would include almost $3 million more in county funding.

  • FMS student wins county bee by correctly spelling ‘alpinist’

    By Emily Scruggs

  • Gerstler named principal at Stewartsville Elementary

        Denise Gerstler has been named as the new principal at Stewartsville Elementary. She takes over for Dr. Susan Mele who recently became a member of the central office staff for Bedford County Public Schools, serving as director of elementary programs.

  • LU seeks to buy New London site

        Liberty University (LU) is seeking to buy the Center for Advanced Engineer and Research’s (CAER) building and the entirety of Lot 1 at the New London Business and Technology Center where the CAER building is located.

  • Personalized learning fair: Helping teachers teach everybody

        Bedford County Public Schools held a personalized learning fair, late last month, at the School Board Office Conference Room. The fair gave county teachers a chance to talk with 18 other teachers to get personalized learning classroom ideas.

        The teachers have been using Google Chromebook laptop computers to implement personalized learning.
        “We’re starting the transition to more personalized learning,” said Mel Taylor, a science teacher at Forest Middle School.

  • Moving ahead

        The Bedford County School Board selected its chairman—Gary Hostutler—for the upcoming year, held a public hearing on the 2017-2018 budget and got a look from some Forest Middle School students at what it might take to get to Mars.

  • Fully accredited

        Boonsboro Elementary School held an all day event Nov. 30 to celebrate being fully accredited.

        “This is the first year we are back to fully accredited,” said Beth Williams, the school’s principal.
        The school once was fully accredited, but slipped from that status. It was a long road back.
        “It was a very hard climb to turn it around,” she said.
        Williams felt the achievement was worth celebrating.

  • JF unveils Cyber SWAT team

    In an effort to reach students at the elementary and middle school grade levels, the Safe Surfin’ Foundation has tapped local high school students as the best messengers to preach Internet safety to their younger peers.

  • Liberty High School GENTS

        A group of young men at Liberty High School (LHS) accepted a challenge from Brian Wilson, the school’s assistant principal.

        The challenge was to become better gentlemen and be a positive example to other students at the high school. The students formed a group and called the group GENTS. It’s an acronym for Gentlemen Empowered Now Taking a Stand.

  • Board gets update on Moneta Elementary

        Though not accredited by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) this year, Moneta Elementary staff and administrators feel the school is headed in the right direction with its personalized learning pilot program.