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Education

  • 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.

  • Board looks at plan for elementary redistricting

        The Bedford County School Board discussed, but didn’t take any action Thursday, on a scaled down elementary school redistricting proposal.
        But it does appear if the plan is approved, it wouldn’t go into effect until the 2014-2015 school year.

  • New redistricting plan addresses concerns

        A scaled down elementary school redistricting proposal would affect only about 1 percent of students attending Bedford County Public Schools, all in the Forest Zone, and would exclude moving any students to Big Island Elementary.

  • Social media posts bring out deputies

        Some social media posts, the week before Christmas, brought extra deputies to the county’s schools just before Christmas break. At least one principal, Tim Overstreet, principal of Liberty High School, sent a letter to the parents of the students on Dec. 21, explaining what was going on.
        “We worked on that just about all week,” commented Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • No move for sixth grade

    After hearing from the public last week, the Bedford County School board voted to leave sixth grade classes in the Liberty Attendance Zone in their base elementary schools. Currently only the sixth grade from Bedford Elementary attend Bedford Middle School (BMS). The public hearing was on a proposal to move the sixth grades from the other three elementary schools in the Liberty Zone to BMS.

    Several citizens, all of them opposed to the idea, spoke at the hearing.