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Education

  • Studies will look at two sites for new middle school

        The Bedford County School Board will look at two sites to construct a new middle school in the Liberty Zone as the result of action Thursday night.
        The board unanimously approved funding for studies of a site off Wheatland Road near the Bedford Area Family YMCA and for a yet-to-be identified site near Liberty High School, off Va. 122.
        The Wheatland Road site, located south of U.S. 460, is owned by developer George Aznavorian, who has offered to donate between 35 to 40 acres for the school.

  • Finalists named for County Teacher of the Year

        A panel of judges has selected three finalists for 2014 Bedford County Teacher of the Year.
        They are: Kathy Barton, Thaxton Elementary School; Kelly Brown, Liberty High School; and Wendy Singleton, Jefferson Forest High School.
        The overall county winner will be announced during an annual recognition dinner at Boonsboro Country Club next Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.
     
    Kathy Barton

  • Driver’s ed fleet has two new vehicles

        Two 2011 Dodge Avengers will be joining Bedford Public Schools’ drivers’ education program.

        According to Dr. Mac Duis, the school division’s director of instruction, the focus of the driver’s ed program has been changed from using a driving range at Bedford Science and Technology Center to over-the-road training. This will provide a more realistic experience to the students.

  • Bedford PD shares bike safety with preschoolers

        The children at the Growing Place, a pre-school run by Bedford Baptist Church, got a recent visit by the Bedford Police Department.

        The effort part of a bicycle safety program and one of the police department’s bicycle patrol officers shows up each year. This time, they got two patrol officers — Joe Dooley and Tim Stanley — along with Lt. Todd Foreman.

  • School Board passes budget

        Employees of Bedford County Public Schools will receive their first significant salary increase in five years—a 3 percent raise—following action Tuesday night by the Bedford County School Board.

  • Middle school hearing is May 7

        Next Tuesday, May 7, there will be a public hearing and work session held in the auditorium at Liberty High School to discuss the building site of a potential new middle school in the Liberty Zone. 
        The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. and the work session will begin after that hearing. A feasibility study conducted earlier this year on having the new middle school built alongside Liberty High School can be accessed at the school system’s Web site.

  • Comments demeaned teachers, school board chair states

        Disappointed by comments directed at teachers last week by a member of the Board of Supervisors, Bedford County School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler said county constituents should be welcomed at county public meetings, not demeaned for stating their opinion.
        Last week, District 6 supervisor Annie Pollard stated “I don’t want to rob taxpayers, who can’t afford it, to pay a bunch of crybabies.”

  • School board begins cutting its budget

        During a work session Thursday, the Bedford County School Board began the chore of chopping $3.5 million from its proposed budget in order to match the expected local funding from the Board of Supervisors.
        The meeting was held at the School Board Office Conference Room located at 311 S. Bridge Street in Bedford. In action taken by the board  on  Thursday, all future school board meetings will be held there, instead of the Bedford Science and Technology Center, unless prior notice is given.

  • BSTC electrical program prepares students for needed jobs

        He’s a pastor, a teacher and a state licensed master electrician.
        Now he has another title to add to his resume.

        Aaron Payne has been named the Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC) teacher of the year. Payne teaches BSTC’s electrical course.
        Payne said demand is high for electricians. While overall unemployment is high, that is not true for electricians.

  • One year old - and growing!

        Ronnie Gross, of Gross’ Orchard came out to Liberty High School (LHS) to talk with the school’s agriculture students about pruning fruit trees. Last year the students planted an orchard, which is sponsored by Gross’ Orchard, Johnson’s Orchard and Southern States. The idea is to give the students hands-on experience with this aspect of agriculture.