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Education

  • 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.

  • Bower Center, YMCA team up for summer program

        The Bower Center has teamed up with the YMCA to provide art and dance for 169 children attending Y programs this summer. The children come in from Bedford, Forest and the Goodview areas.

        According to Sara Braaten, the Bower Center’s director, the 5- and 6-year-olds came in the morning and the older children, 8 through 12 years old, came in the afternoon.

  • New middle school likely to be near LHS

        The Bedford County School Board would like a new middle school in the Liberty Zone to be built either adjacent to the current Liberty High School, or at least nearby.

  • Getting children’s attention

        Nancy Kenton and The Great Haredini spent last week making appearances at all the Bedford area’s libraries.

        The Great Haredini is a big pink rabbit puppet. Nancy Kenton is the person behind Haredini’s act.

  • School board selects Jennifer Merritt to fill District 2 seat

        For the second time this year the Bedford County School Board had to fill a vacancy on the board. And, for the second time in its history, it chose to interview candidates in an open meeting.

        Six candidates applied to fill the District 2 school board seat vacated by David Vaden. School board members interviewed each candidate, asking each the same set of questions. Candidates waited their turn in a separate room so that none of them would have the advantage of hearing the questions in advance.

  • Bedford based organization promotes private colleges

        Tucked away in Bedford’s Centertown is an organization that promotes Virginia’s private colleges to the nation and the world. It’s called the Council of Independent Colleges of Virginia. It’s located in the building on Main Street that once housed the Bedford Democrat and currently is home to Robert Lambeth’s law practice. This is a good location for the organization’s office as Lambeth is it’s president. It’s also a good location because many of it’s members are in this region of Virginia.

  • School board questions behind-the-wheel training

        Behind-the-wheel training will continue to be available for students in Bedford County Public Schools, at least through this fall, but school officials are looking at the possibility of phasing out the program in the future.
        But several speakers, at last Thursday’s meeting of the Bedford County School Board, encouraged the board not to drop the program.