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Education

  • 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.

  • Former Bedford Elem. principal new SB member

    The Bedford County School Board chose Dr. John Hicks, last week, to fill the District 3 School Board seat left vacant by Brad Whorley’s resignation.

        A total of five people applied for the position and the School Board held the candidate interviews in open session.

  • Bus drivers hit hard by new budget proposal

        School bus drivers will be hit the hardest if the budget proposals discussed by the Bedford County School Board last Thursday are eventually approved.

  • Tech team visits Bedford schools

        Members of Virginia Tech’s EcoCAR 2 team paid a visit to Bedford Middle School and Liberty High School (LHS) earlier this month. EcoCAR 2 is a college engineering competition that challenges college students to modify a production GM car to make it more energy efficient. Each competition takes two years and consists of a design phase and a building phase. Tech, was the national winner last year and will be defending its title at the end of next year.

  • Five apply for District 3 seat

        Five residents in District 3 have applied to fill the Bedford County School Board seat left open when Brad Whorley resigned from the board earlier this year.    
        Deadline for applications was Monday. Those submitting applications included: Jean McKeague of Forest; Dennis Groenke Sr. of Bedford; Eric Thompson of Bedford; Pete Parziale of Forest; and John Hicks of  Evington.

  • Students take stand against bullying

    Bullying took center stage at last week’s Bedford County School Board meeting as several students and parents spoke about the issue, asking for the school system to do more to combat offenders.
        They hope the school system will implement a bullying prevention program.
         Camy Mullins, a junior at Staunton River High School, said she was bullied by a group of girls as a sophomore at the school. She said an effort by administrators to have the parties “talk” through their differences didn’t work.