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Education

  • Riders receive a Montvale welcome!

        For many of the riders en route to Washington D.C.  their annual visit to Montvale Elementary has become a favorite stop along the way as part of their annual Run for the Wall.

        Last Thursday was no different.
        The motorcycles roared down Patriot Road just after 12:30 p.m. for a two-hour respite of encouragement, nourishment and even healing.

  • Efficiency study released

        If Bedford County Public Schools wants to operate efficiently, two of its elementary schools should be closed, according to a state-mandated efficiency study released Thursday night.
        The study recommended closing both Moneta Elementary School and Bedford Primary School in an effort to save $8 million over the next five years.

  • Parents galvanize response

        Moneta area residents, shocked by the possibility that Moneta Elementary might be closed—sooner rather than later—gathered Sunday at the school to begin plotting their strategy to try and save the community’s school.
        That included signing a petition and giving out information to gather at next week’s Bedford County School Board meeting.

  • Students unveil time capsule buried 7 years ago

        Seven years ago Jane Parrish’s advanced reading class at Body Camp Elementary dropped a piece of history into a time capsule and buried it in a garden behind the school.

  • School Board begins trimming its budget

    In an effort to cut $4.8 million from its proposed budget, the Bedford County School Board is looking at cutting 46 teaching and administrative positions this year, in just one cost-savings measure being considered.
        The board discussed the revised budget numbers Thursday night and also approved, as part of that cost-savings, its healthcare insurance premiums for the year. Premiums to school employees will go up; so will deductibles.

  • GP donates computers to Big Island Elementary

    Georgia Pacific has helped Big Island Elementary School upgrade its technology through the donation of 10 computers.

        The donation furthers the school/business partnership between GP and Big Island Elementary.
        Representatives from Georgia Pacific recently delivered the 10 Dell Optiplex 7010 computers to the school. Each of these computers came with I5 quad core processors, 4gb RAM, 256gb hard drive, and are licensed for Windows 7.

  • Student Advisory Council 2013-2014

        The best comment at the Bedford County School Board meeting Thursday night just might have come from Thomas Messier, a student at Bedford Middle School.

        Messier, a member of this year’s Student Advisory Council, speaking about the need for improvements at Liberty High School, noted that LHS was celebrating its 50th anniversary this year of being open, adding “so is its gym.”

  • Woodson named Bedford County's Teacher of the Year

        Jefferson Forest High School English teacher Debra Woodson has been named Bedford County's Teacher of the Year.
        Woodson was selected from a group of three finalists that also included Eric Martin, physical education teacher at Stewartsville Elementary and Sandra Brookshier, life science teacher at Bedford Middle School. Those three were selected from the Teachers of the Year that had been named at each school.

  • Career coaching makes vital difference

        Finding the right career is more vital than ever. To help with that, students at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) can take advantage of the services of a career coach.

  • School board revisits budget

        The Bedford County School Board will move into cut mode Thursday night.
        Following a 5 p.m. closed session, the board is scheduled to hold a work session at 6 p.m. in the conference room at the School Board office. The work session will provide a chance for the board to begin cutting $4.8 million from the $42.8 million local funding budget proposal it previously passed and sent to the Board of Supervisors for consideration.