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Education

  • School sets new record

    Twice delayed by snow, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School finally held its Jump Rope for Heart last week.

        The event set a new school record raising a grand total of $14,832. A grandmother wrote a last minute check that put them over the top, according to Sue   Moore,   the   physical   education teacher who coordinates the program.

  • Master Food Volunteers get cookin’

        The Virginia Cooperative Extension has long provided a Master Gardner program; now, it has a Master Food Volunteer program.

        The idea of the program, according to the Extension’s websites, is to “reach more Virginians with up-to-date, research-based knowledge on food preparation, nutrition, food safety  and physical activity.”

  • Dr. Schuch asks for 4.7% salary adjustment for teachers

    By Tom Wilmoth and John Barnhart
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        The budget takes center stage for the Bedford County School Board this week as it begins working through the proposed $106.39 million budget proposed by Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.
        The proposed budget includes an operating fund request of $100.26 million, up 2.21 percent from last year, and the restoration of $1 million to the school maintenance project fund.

  • School board gives OK to raise funds for astro turf at JF field

        Jefferson Forest High School has moved one step closer to installing artificial turf at its Sabre Stadium. Now the real work begins.
        With the 5-2 vote, the Bedford County School Board approved the proposal which would allow the school’s Cavalier Club to begin raising funds in support of the installation.

  • FMS student wins county spelling bee

        Seventeen very serious looking elementary and middle school students lined the stage of Liberty High School’s auditorium, Tuesday morning, for Bedford County’s annual spelling bee. All were winners of their respective schools’ spelling bee.

        By round six, only two were left. Case Bohannon, a seventh grader from Forest Middle School, and Finn Plattus, a fifth grader from Thaxton Elementary School, then proceeded to battle it out for 21 rounds before Bohannon emerged as the winner.

  • Scare prompts upgrade to security system

        Forest Elementary School has the best school security in Bedford County, the product of three factors coming together at the same time.

  • Real-world education

        The students were creating their own worlds.

        The Bedford Middle School contingent sat down to create those worlds through Minecraft, a video game about placing blocks to make about anything you can dream up.
        It’s something they do every week as part of their 21st Century After School Program run through the Bower Center for the Arts. And on Monday, the students had new computers to use—complements of the Bedford Science and Technology (BSTC) Computer Systems Technology class.

  • Budget season begins

        People packed the school board’s Thursday night meeting for a public hearing on the school division’s budget for the next school year. Most of the speakers, including representatives of the Bedford County Education Association (BCEA), called for teacher pay raises.
        “I do teach for the love of children and learning,” said Peggy Terrell.

  • Taking flight

        Soar Dunk, an inspirational acrobatics team from Liberty University, paid a visit to Forest Elementary’s gym last week for a character assembly.

        “We get to travel around and give encouraging messages wherever we go,” said Evan Apon, a member of the team.

  • School board will vote on JF fundraiser to purchase artificial turf at another meeting

        After a lengthy public hearing on the school budget Thursday, the Bedford County School Board got down to its slated business for the evening’s agenda, which included numerous financial concerns for this budget year.