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Education

  • Downey to seek 2nd term

        District 1 school board member Richard Downey has decided to seek reelection to the school board. Downey was first elected in 2011.

  • Teacher of the year finalists named

        With each school in Bedford County Public Schools having selected its own Teacher of the Year, that list has now been trimmed down to three finalists for the school system’s overall winner.

        The BCPS 2016 Teacher of the Year will be announced during a dinner at Boonsboro Country Club next Tuesday, May 12, 6:15 p.m.

  • School board adjusts its budget

        Bedford County’s school board adopted an adjusted budget at a Monday night work session that had been called for that purpose.
        The school board’s original budget called for a $2.6 million increase in local funding but the supervisors, last month, increased the local transfer to the public school system by $735,000. The purpose of Monday’s work session was to make the school budget fit within available funds.

  • BSTC to hold Benefit Car Show

        Last year, Bedford Science and Technology Center’s (BSTC) automotive technology program held a benefit car show for one of its own.

        Luke Arrington, a senior, was diagnosed with cancer last year.  The benefit car show, which was pulled together on short notice, drew 76 entries. It was such a success that Mark Mathia, the program’s instructor, decided to make it an annual event, benefiting a different local charity each year.

  • LHS students take on challenge of safe space travel

        When astronauts inevitably set out for Mars, two Liberty High School students are hoping that a product they devised might help that mission reach its destination.

        Liberty senior Yuriy Snyder and freshman Hannah Steele collaborated on a project that landed them as finalists in the Conrad Innovation Challenge. The Conrad Challenge was founded by Apollo astronaut Pete Conrad’s widow to honor his passion for innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • JF gets OK for artificial turf

        Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) will be able to raise funds to install artificial turf on its football field, now that a surface has been agreed upon.
        The school board voted 4-3 to grant the permission, using crumb rubber as an infill. District 2 school board member Jason Johnson, District 4 school board member Dr. John Hicks and District 6 school board member Kelly Harmony cast the dissenting votes.

  • HES teacher wins McGlothlin Award

        Just being named one of the six of the Blue Ridge region’s best teachers was quite an honor for Jalenda Settles.
        But last week, she was named the best.
        Settles, a fifth-grade teacher at Huddleston Elementary School was selected as one of two winners of the 2015 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence.
        With the award, she receives $25,000, some of which she will use for international travel to help expand her classroom teaching experience.

  • CVCC teams up with Rec Dept. to offer Archery class

        They’re learning to shoot straight.

        A partnership between Bedford County Parks and Recreation and Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) has made an archery class, as a physical education option, possible for students attending CVCC’s Bedford campus.

  • LHS Theatre to present ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’

    They come from a variety of backgrounds—athletes, dancers, band kids and nerds.

        But they have one goal: Revive the drama program at Liberty High School.
        This week that goal takes a big step as the Liberty High School Theatre presents “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
        Two performances are scheduled at the school auditorium—Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, both at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $10.

  • School sets new record

    Twice delayed by snow, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School finally held its Jump Rope for Heart last week.

        The event set a new school record raising a grand total of $14,832. A grandmother wrote a last minute check that put them over the top, according to Sue   Moore,   the   physical   education teacher who coordinates the program.