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Education

  • Board looks to make choice

        Bedford County School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler favors building a new middle school in the Liberty Zone in such a way so that it could eventually become a new high school.

        Hostutler said where the new middle school will be located appears to be down to two sites, the property adjacent to the current high school or property offered to be donated off U.S. 460 at Wheatland Road.
        Hostutler said a site should be decided on “very soon.”

  • Public hearing Thursday on new middle school location

        Bedford County residents can voice their opinions to the Bedford County School Board, on where the new middle school in the Liberty Zone should be located, during a public hearing scheduled for this Thursday, Sept. 5.
        The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in the School Board Office conference room.
        The Bedford County School Board has studied three possible locations for the new middle school.

  • Bryant in 54th year as bus driver

    For more than five decades James Bryant has been driving students in Bedford County to, and from, school.

  • County SOL scores drop

    Though scores were expected to drop in some categories compared to last year’s scores—because of a new series of tests in science and English—student achievement on Standards of Learning tests for students in Bedford County Public Schools fell below what school officials had hoped.
        In results released last week, average pass rates of Bedford County students dropped in 23 categories for the 2012-2013 testing while increasing in seven; four remained even with results from the 2011-2012 testing.

  • Action on middle school funding urged

        Two new administrators were introduced to the school board at their regular meeting Thursday night.

  • Infosnap allows for online registration

        Parents attending this week’s open houses at one of Bedford County’s schools were introduced to the school system’s newest registration initiative—Infosnap.

  • New guidelines for wellness

        Don’t bother sending energy drinks with your students to school this year—they’re not allowed.
        And don’t send extra food with your child to trade or share with other students—that’s being discouraged.
        If possible, replace cupcakes and other high-calorie school treats sent to classrooms for school parties with more nutritious foods.
        These, and a number of other guidelines, are now a part of the Bedford County Public Schools student wellness policy.

  • Graham takes over at BCES

        Education wasn’t the career path Scott Graham initially imagined.

  • It's a new year

        On Thursday, some 10,338 students are expected to fill the classrooms throughout Bedford County’s public schools. The 2013-2014 school year is officially underway.
        Meeting those students will be 99 new teachers to BCPS, including 55 first-year teachers.
        “I’m excited for a new school year,” stated School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch last week.

  • Technology takes center stage in pilot program

        Like it or not, change is coming.