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Education

  • School Board makes cuts; trims budget by $1.5 M to balance

        The Bedford County School Board found $1.5 million in cuts to balance its budget last week.
        The board held a four-hour work session Thursday to consider the budget cuts which were needed after the Bedford County Board of Supervisors cut its increase in local funding from $4.2 million to $2.5 million. The school board had requested the $3.5 million increase.
        Among the cuts made to help balance the budget:
        • No new buses will be purchased in the upcoming fiscal year;

  • Local YOVASO groups win top honors for their efforts

        Students at Bedford County high schools and middle schools have made a point this year of letting their classmates know the importance of being safe when driving or riding in vehicle.

        And those efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. The students have won numerous awards this year through the Youth of Virginia Speak Out (YOVASO) campaigns.

  • School funding request may be cut

        Monday’s discussion by the County Board of Supervisors about cutting the new funds requested by Bedford County Public Schools for the 2012-2013 budget came as a surprise to the Bedford County School Board this week.
        “I am surprised and saddened to hear about the potential decrease in county support for our schools,” stated School Board Vice Chairman Julie Bennington Tuesday.

  • Students earn trip to International Science Fair

        The submissions by two Bedford County students have earned them the right to represent their region at the  International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Pittsburgh, Pa., next week.

        In the Engineering category, Stuart Robertson of Staunton River High School received first place and Grand Award honors at the Central Virginia Regional Science Fair—as well as the National Society of Professional Engineer’s Award for his project—entitled “The effect of fractal design on antenna capability.”

  • Schools will probably get the $3.5 million

    Monday night, prior to their regular meeting, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors held a work session which included a presentation on the school budget.

  • Vaden resigns from school board

        On Thursday, Bedford County School Board Chairman Dave Vaden announced his resignation from the board, effective May 18.
        Vaden cited illness and health issues within his immediate family, financial considerations and business opportunities that have caused his family to relocate.

  • Teacher of the Year finalists

        Three Bedford County teachers have been named as finalists for the school system’s Teacher of the Year award.

        The award will be announced at a dinner on June 7.
        The three teachers include Kristen Cunningham of Staunton River High School, Kristina Karnes from Staunton River Middle School and David Webb from Jefferson Forest High School.

    Kristen Cunningham

  • Students promote safe driving

        A group of students at Liberty High School weren’t about to let their peers enter prom week without getting the message to be safe while driving last weekend.

        That’s why students at LHS found themselves walking by a mock accident and funeral scene on Wednesday.

  • School budget vote set for Thursday

        Insurance was a major topic last week as the Bedford County School Board held its last budget work session, prior to formal budget adoption slated for its meeting this Thursday, May 3.
        Expect the county’s school bus drivers to be well-represented at this week’s meeting.

  • Being safe on two wheels

        Bedford City Police Officer Bill Boucher paid the Growing Place a visit on Friday.
        Nobody got arrested. The Growing Place is a preschool run by Bedford Baptist Church and one of the city’s bicycle patrol officers stops by every year for a bicycle safety presentation.