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Education

  • 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.

  • YOVASO message reaches middle schoolers

        After an award winning year of spreading the message, Liberty High School’s Youth of Virginia Speak Out club is reaching out even more.

  • Eric Thompson to challenge for District 3 School Board seat

        The special election for the District 3 School Board seat will be a two-way race after all.
        Dr. John Hicks, who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Brad Whorley, is being challenged by Eric Thompson.

  • New exhibit looks at moonshining in Virginia, Bedford County

        Moonshining is getting a lot of attention locally with the opening of the movie “Lawless,” based upon Depression-era bootlegging in Franklin County.
        A new exhibit at the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library will explore the issue as well.
        “Ardent Spirits & Mean Whiskey: A History of Moonshining in Bedford County & Virginia’s Southside” is opening this week at the Bedford Museum.

  • Three vie for District 2

        Unlike District 3, District 2 is seeing a three-way race to fill the seat vacated by David Vaden.

        Jennifer Merritt, who was appointed to the seat by the school board, is being challenged by Charlotte Maxey and Jason Johnson.
        Merritt is a free-lance journalist who writes for Lancaster Farming, a weekly agricultural publication. She said it has three regional editions.
        “I write for the southern edition,” she said.

  • Hicks running unopposed for District 3 seat

        The resignation of two members of the Bedford County School Board this year means that there will be special elections to fill those unexpired terms in November.

        Dr. John Hicks was appointed to fill the District 3 school board seat vacated by Brad Whorley. Dr. Hicks has qualified to be on the November ballot. He is running unopposed.

  • BCPS implements training to prevent sexual misconduct of employees

        Following two incidents last year at Jefferson Forest High School, and other recent cases at the county’s other high schools, Bedford County Public Schools has implemented training sessions this year to help prevent the sexual misconduct of teachers, coaches and other employees with students.
        Tim Parker, director of human resources for the school system, said the training came after the Department of Education suggested all public school systems take a look at their policies on that issue and prevention training for staff.

  • School board to review costs charged for groups using facilities

        Several years ago the Bedford County School Board passed a policy setting standard prices for groups using school facilities. That policy is now again under review after District 6 board member Kelly Harmony questioned the prices some groups have been quoted for facility use.

  • Proposed policy would change grading scale

        By next year, the grading scale being utilized in Bedford County Public Schools could be changed to a 10-point scale.
        The school board is considering a recommendation by school staff to change from the 7-point scale to the 10-point scale, beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. That, according to staff, would give administrators time to work with teachers to understand the new scale and grading system.