• Pilot programs added

        A report of mixed results from the first year of a pilot program on personalized learning came as no surprise to Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.
        “The report for the school board (last month) was the public side of it,” Dr. Schuch said this week. “We’ve been monitoring the progress for really the past year.”

  • BCPS names new school administrators

        Bedford County Public Schools has introduced several changes in administrative positions, including a new principal at Moneta Elementary School, Shawn Trosper, who is taking over for Melanie Simmons who has taken a position with the Central Office.

  • Gym plans OK'd

        In order to stay within budget, the Bedford County School Board decided to go with a new gymnasium at Liberty High School that will have seating for 1,230.

  • Holton takes an up close look at Moneta’s pilot program

        Moneta Elementary School is getting used to showcasing its personal learning pilot program to teachers and dignitaries.

        On Thursday, the school took that to another level, as Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton got up close and personal with several students as the school opened its classrooms to her and others to learn more about the program.
        Joining Holton on the tour were several members of the Bedford County School Board, Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch and Del. Kathy Byron.

  • Class has FMS students looking towards Mars

        Some eighth grade students at Forest Middle School are planning a mission to Mars.

        It’s all simulated, of course. The Bedford County School budget is much too small to finance the real thing. However, the planning is as real-world as possible, including regular briefings that the students must give to panels of adult professionals.
        This year is the first year for the class, the brain-child of Caitlin Unterman, who teaches the class, officially called Science Exploration.

  • School board makes cuts to budget

        The Bedford County School Board met Thursday night faced with the task of cutting $2 million from the budget it presented to the board of supervisors in late March.
        Dr. Douglas Schuch presented the board with recommended cuts. One of these cuts was the $250,000 the school board had placed in the project maintenance fund. Board Chairman Gary Hostutler sought to find cuts elsewhere to restore some of this money.
        “We need to have some project maintenance money,” he said.

  • 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.