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Education

  • 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.

  • School board to take $125M facilities plan to supervisors

        The Bedford County School Board has been piecing together its possible capital project needs for the next 20 years.
        The potential price tag: $125 million.
        Members plan to take the proposal to the County Supervisors next month and get approval to put in motion one of the plan’s major projects—building a new middle school in the Liberty Zone. That project is one both boards will, at some point, have to agree on, assuming the reversion of the city of Bedford to town status takes place.

  • Groups pitch in to provide school supplies

        Volunteers from area businesses and local organizations packed a meeting room in the county administration building Thursday with one goal in mind—packing bags full of school supplies for students set to start school this week.

        In all, the Pack the Bag effort yielded some 200 book bags and supplies that were delivered to area schools in time for the first day of school Monday, according to Denise Kennedy, a social worker with the Department of Social Services.

  • After 26 years at the helm, Lynn Beebe stepping down

        For 26 years Lynn Beebe has served as the driving force behind the rescue of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest retreat in Bedford County.

        She’s learned and lived the life of Jefferson and she’s seen the amount of property Poplar Forest now owns more than double.
        Beebe has helped lead the retreat’s turn from a lost-in-the-woods piece of history to a national attraction.

  • Summer's over... Back to the books!

    Can you believe it?

        Summer’s over—at least on the school calendar—and some 10,275 Bedford County students are headed back to school Monday.
        The buses will be rolling; books will be passed out.
        And while students will have less time now to play those video games at home, some might find technology playing a bigger part in their learning experience for the 2012-2013 school year.

  • School board looks at capital needs

        The Bedford County School Board started out with a list of $60 million in projects, but by the time its work session looking at future capital improvement needs was finished last Thursday, that figure had doubled.
        “This is by no means the final version,” School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch told the board as the meeting started.
        And he was right.

  • Activities policy approved

        Students participating in extra/co-curricular activities in Bedford County Public Schools will have to meet policy guidelines approved by the county school board last week.
        The policy states that participation of students in those activities “is a privilege extended to students and not a right” and is therefore dependent upon compliance with the applicable rules and regulations.
        The policy states that VHSL standards will also apply to participants.

  • Board to consider policy for club sports

        Club sports in county schools may soon come under the direction of Bedford County Public Schools, if a proposed policy is adopted by the school board.
        Several area residents urged board members to do just that at a meeting last Thursday.
        Jennifer Willoughby said the proposed policy ensures student standards while allowing for flexibility at each individual school. She said the schools don’t have to be “mirror images” of each other.

  • School board names new principals

        The Bedford County School Board appointed principals for Moneta Elementary and Staunton River Middle School during action at Thursday’s meeting.

        Melanie Simmons is the new principal at Moneta ES, taking over for Barbara Rezzonico, who has moved over to Bedford Science and Technology Center.

  • Board takes on bullying

        For Staunton River High School student Laura Ellis, the action taken against bullying by the Bedford County School Board Thursday is not the end, but rather just a beginning.
        “I will be pushing for a statewide bullying prevention program to be put in every high school,” she told the school board, prior to its vote on the policy last week.
        And, the 16-year-old Ellis said, she might just take her initiative nationwide.