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Education

  • Johnson wins in District 2

    With all precincts in District 2 reporting, Jason Johnson pulled ahead of Charlotte Maxey to unseat incumbent District 2 school board member Jennifer Merritt, who had been appointed by the school board to fill David Vaden's unexpired term earlier this year. As this was a special election, Johnson will take the seat as soon as he is sworn in.

    Johnson won the seat with 39 percent of the vote. Merritt came in second with 31 percent and Maxey placed a very close third with 30 percent of the vote. Only eight votes separated Merritt and Maxey.

  • Change is coming to school meals

        Long gone are the days when a cafeteria worker brings in her grandmother’s favorite recipe and uses that to prepare lunch for students that day.

  • Board gets details on proposed program for behind-the- wheel training

        By utilizing a new model, and leaning on more community support, the behind-the-wheel driver’s training program in Bedford County Public Schools can be saved and potentially serve more students according to Dr. Mac Duis, director of instruction for the school system.

  • Board remembers students killed in recent accidents

        The Bedford County School Board opened last Thursday’s meeting with a moment of silence in memory of two Liberty High School students killed in separate accidents over the prior two weeks.
        But the board’s discussion of those accidents didn’t stop there. Proactive measures to prevent future deaths were suggested by both administration officials and board members.

  • School board considers redistricting issue

        The Bedford County School Board may soon look seriously at redistricting some county students in order to better utilize school facilities.
        During a work session Thursday, the board received a plan which would call for about 2 percent of the total student population to be redistricted with less than 1 percent actually changing graduation zones.

  • School Board candidate forum

        Candidates for two Bedford County School Board seats squared off at a forum Thursday night at the Bedford Science and Technology Center.
        Jason Johnson, Charlotte Maxey and Jennifer Merritt are vying for the District 2 seat, currently held by Merritt; and Dr. John Hicks and Eric Thompson are vying for the District 3 seat held by Dr. Hicks. Both Merritt and Hicks were appointed to the board this year following resignations of those seats by Dave Vaden and Brad Whorley.

  • Leaks, votes and contracts

        The Bedford County School Board voted to approve a new contract for Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch Thursday.

        But the 5-2 vote wasn’t without controversy.
        Two board members questioned the timing of the action and ultimately voted against the new contract.

  • Webb named Region V Teacher of the Year

        Jefferson Forest High School band director David Webb is usually not at a loss for words. But Thursday morning was a little different.

  • In-car driver’s ed training change considered by BCPS

        Instead of ending its in-car driver training program, Bedford County Public Schools is considering modifying the program in order to be able to provide it in the future.
        Last month the School Board heard a proposal to stop providing the in-car training through the school system, but after consulting staff, other school divisions and members of the community, a different approach has been suggested.

  • School Board considers adding initiatives to strategic plan

        District 6 School Board member Kelly Harmony had one question about a proposed wellness program for students in Bedford County Public Schools: Will this lead the school system to begin patrolling lunch boxes in the cafeteria?
        The answer: That’s yet to be determined.
        During a work session last Thursday, members of the School Board discussed proposed changes to the school system’s strategic plan. One of the three proposed changes includes implementing a comprehensive student wellness program.