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Education

  • Effort raises money for Heart Association

        For the third year in a row Thomas Jefferson Elementary School’s gym was packed with students participating in Jump Rope for Heart, a fundraising effort by the American Heart Association.

         One factor driving the turnout is an enthusiastic faculty member spearheading the effort. That’s Sue Moore, the physical education instructor. The other factor is the event’s poster boy. Cody Beck, now 4, is one of their own. His three brothers are students at the school.    

  • Thaxton holds Career Day

        Thaxton Elementary School held a career day recently with visiting professionals and service providers who held the children’s attention.

        Some, such as the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department, drove to the school with their exhibit. One, Centra Health, flew in with its exhibit; the school grounds provided an open spot where one of Centra’s helicopter ambulances could touch down.

  • Students let their love of art be known

        Look around Centertown Bedford and you’ll notice banners hanging off the city lights promoting Youth Art Month.

        Bedford County art students across the county were challenged to create a flag that would promote Youth Art Month, which is being celebrated this month.  A group of students under the direction of Lindsey Winfrey at Bedford Elementary won the elementary level and Laura Garbarini won from Liberty for the high school level.

  • School board looks at budget

        After more than three hours of looking at the budget proposed by Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch, the Bedford County School Board opted to stick with the majority of his budget as a draft plan to present to the Board of Supervisors this week.
        That included a 3 percent raise for school employees, a commitment to funding technology and increasing the staff at the county’s middle and high schools.

  • Mountain top experience

        Dr. Robert Sullivan had the ultimate mountain top experience last year—he spent 30 minutes standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world.

        It is 29,000 feet above sea level and the air is so thin at that point that you would die if you stayed there too long without oxygen. The temperature is -71F and winds blow at 50 mph.

  • 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.