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Education

  • 3% raise proposed for school employees

        The Bedford County School Board will begin tackling the 2013-2014 budget Thursday in the first of a series of work sessions which will be held at at 6 p.m. in the School Board Office Conference Room.

        Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch presented his proposed $104 million budget to the board last Thursday, a budget that includes a 3 percent salary increase for all school employees and focuses on improving technology in the schools.

  • Some Goodview students receive gift made just for them

        It was bright red and it’s like nothing you’ve probably ever seen. And it was a major day-brightener for some special needs children at Goodview Elementary School recently.

  • YOVASO group continues outreach

        A YOVASO (Youth of Virginia Speak Out) presentation this month at Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) focused on the impact a teen traffic fatality has on the teen’s friends and family. YOVASO is an organization that promotes safe driving behavior among teens.

        Videos were part on the presentation and one featured J. Len Hale.

  • Energy management system helps save time, money for BCPS

        A $7.9 million investment by Bedford County in an energy efficiency project is expected to reap savings in water and energy costs for years, possibly decades, to come.

        And it’s also providing the framework for more efficient oversight for the heating and cooling systems in several county schools. Eventually the plan is to bring all of the county’s schools into a new technology-based system that allows the HVAC units to be controlled from offsite locations through the energy management system.

  • Teachers keep up their push for raises

        The public got its first shot at voicing its concerns about the 2013-2014 school budget, and several voiced support for a teacher pay raise during the Bedford County School Board meeting last Thursday.
        Karen Nuzzo, representing the Bedford County Education Association, told board members that teachers were looking for a raise this year. “It’s been five long years,” she said of the lack of raises for school employees.

  • Bedford CVCC has new director

        The Bedford campus of Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) got a new director, Patrick Gatti, back in October. Gatti took the opportunity this month to introduce himself to the business community during a business roundtable breakfast sponsored by the Bedford County’ economic development department.

  • Celebrating Diversity

        Jefferson Forest High School held an assembly last week to celebrate diversity. This had nothing to do with race; it focused on the characteristics that make each of us unique.

        The celebration was the vision of Ameka Cruz and Christin Rhodes, teachers at JFHS. The two sponsor the Unity Club.

  • Moneta Elementary student wins County Spelling Bee

        Out of the six words he had to spell last Thursday, Aiden Belcher struggled the most with “stucco.”

        Even though he wasn’t familiar with the word, he still got it right, and then spelled “crochet” as the winning word to claim the title as 2013 Bedford County Spelling Bee champion.
        Belcher, a student at Moneta Elementary School, will now compete in the regional spelling bee scheduled for March 16 in Roanoke. That will be held at the Holiday Inn-Airport at 10 a.m.

  • Study looks at new middle school options

    proposals would require one or more of the current sports fields at LHS to be relocated, if that site is chosen.
        In addition to discussing the study, the school board will also hold a public hearing on the 2013-2014 budget for Bedford County Public Schools. Action items include a vote on a revised elementary school redistricting proposal for the Forest Zone as well as updates to the school system’s zone transfer policy. The school board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Bedford Science and Technology Center auditorium.

  • School safety, carryover funds discussed by board

        School safety and use of leftover funds were among the discussions at last Thursday’s regular meeting of the Bedford County School Board.
        
    School Safety
        In the aftermath of the tragic school shooting at Newtown, Conn., in December, school staff have been reviewing their school safety and security policies, according to Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch. That included reviewing those issues with each school principal.