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Education

  • 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.

  • Music program gets honor

        The Stewartsville Elementary School music program seems to be hitting all of the right notes these days.

        And for doing so, it has been awarded the Support Music 2013 Merit Award for Best Communities in Music Education.
        The school was one of only 66 schools nationwide to receive this honor and the only one in Virginia. Stewartsville        Principal Susan Mele said the honor brings positive attention to the music program.

  • Date of hearing on middle school location to be changed

        The Bedford County School Board is considering two dates—May 7 or April 30—to reschedule a public hearing to discuss the location for constructing a new middle school in the Liberty Zone.
        Originally slated for May 2, the meeting date has to be changed because of a scheduling conflict.