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Education

  • 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.

  • Forum focuses on safety

        “I’m part of a club that nobody wants to be a part of,” said Tim Groover, when he spoke at a teen driving safety forum at Staunton River High School (SRHS) Monday night.

  • Teachers let board know they expect raises next year

        Don’t expect Bedford County teachers to be quite as understanding this upcoming budget year if raises aren’t included as part of the package.
        Bedford County Education Association President Cheryl Sprouse said teachers plan to make their feelings clearly known to both the school board and the board of supervisors as the 2013-2014 budget is crafted.

  • Future budget issues focus of meeting

        Short- and long-term budget issues were on the agenda at a joint meeting of the Bedford County School Board and Board of Supervisors Tuesday evening.
        A proposal to use $655,000 in leftover money from the 2011-2012 school budget to fund a bonus for school employees prompted little discussion or direction from the supervisors.

  • Teen driving forum at SR

        A teen driving forum, organized by the father of a Staunton River High School student, will be held in the school’s auditorium Monday night, Dec. 17.
        Herb Krebs, the forum’s organizer, said that he got the idea after he saw a petition calling for improvements on Va. 24 where the latest accidents to claim the lives of SRHS students occurred. Krebs said that the money isn’t there to take the actions the petition is requesting.
        “I want something we can do now,” he said.

  • Parents sound off to board

        Parents of students affected by proposed redistricting plans are asking the Bedford County School Board to consider the hardship placed on families before making any decisions.

        The first two of a series of public hearings were held last Thursday. The majority of speakers on the elementary redistricting proposal represented families with students at Otter River Elementary. A second public hearing on the elementary proposal was scheduled to be held this past Tuesday at Thomas Jefferson Elementary.

  • A one-act success story

        As far as Peter Feagans is concerned, Theatre students at Jefferson Forest High School are carving out their own legacy.

        Feagans is among those in Spence White’s third period acting class who claimed the Region III championship Nov. 10 at William Byrd High School. JF’s one-act version of The Rimers of Eldritch beat out performances by Turner Ashby and Harrisonburg high schools, last year’s winners.

  • No bones about it

        The result of a collaborative effort between Brenda Lohr, the anatomy teacher at Liberty High School (LHS), and art teacher Leslie Padgett produced a result that caught the eye of Bedford Memorial Hospital.

        Lohr shared “Pete,” the anatomy class’ skeleton with the art class. Actually “Pete” is a skeleton replica.

  • Local student leads Tech effort

        While Virginia Tech’s football team is the focus of a lot of local people’s attention right now, Tech is fielding a totally different team that has its sights on a national title.

        It’s being led by a local fellow. It’s the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team and its goal is to win the EcoCAR 2 competition. Tech is one of 15 universities in the U. S. that were invited to participate in this competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors.