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Education

  • Father files $20 million lawsuit against school board after obtaining video

        The father of an autistic child in Bedford County has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the Bedford County School Board, the director of special services and a bus driver and aide, alleging that his 12-year-old son was physically abused while riding a Bedford County bus in 2009.

  • Students learn to use sun to cook

        Viola Henry is retired, but still spends plenty of time working with children. Henry heads the N.E.E.D. project, something she did when she was a teacher at Thaxton Elementary School and she now continues to do.

        Last Monday, just before noon, Henry and her students baked cookies. They used the sun to do the work.
        Henry’s students had already learned about the solar ovens. They in turn, taught their fellow Thaxton Elementary students.

  • BMS marks 10th anniversary of 9/11

    Bedford Middle School marked the 10th anniversary of 9/11 Monday morning.

        It was the first school day after the actual anniversary, on Sunday. It also recalled an event that has receded far enough into the past that none of these middle school students can remember where they were on Sept. 11, 2001. They were too young at the time.

  • Forest Elementary students honor their local heroes

        Monty Coleman, assistant fire chief with the Forest Volunteer Fire Department, believes the events of Sept. 11, 2001, should be remembered more than they are.

        “In my eyes, it’s a shame we don’t remember it every single day,” Coleman said Friday.
        That’s why he was more than willing to attend Forest Elementary School’s 9/11 Commemoration assembly held at the school last week.

  • Broadway actress shares her wisdom with JF students

        You have to be committed.

        That was the advice a Broadway actress gave Jefferson Forest High School drama students Friday about how to be successful in that business.
        And, she added, “you have to be lucky.”
        Jennifer Simard has been both and she shared with the JF students in Spence White’s drama classes the ups and downs of pursuing an acting career.

  • District 5 School Board candidates

        Julie Bennington, who represents District 5 on the Bedford County School Board, is seeking her second term. She was first appointed to the board in the spring of 2007 to replace Bill Wiese, who left the area to take a new job in North Carolina, and won a full term in the regular election that fall.

  • School Board hears from B.E.S.T.; discusses classes in smaller schools

        Sara Holdren took an opportunity Thursday to introduce the Bedford County School Board to the newly organized Bedford Educational Support Team.

         B.E.S.T. is a 501(c) 4  organization created out of a desire for Bedford citizens to assist in maintaining and improving the current structure of smaller community-based schools throughout Bedford City and County, Holdren told the board.

  • Just like Christmas

        For Laura Kohout and Ana Watkins, the Wednesday before school started seemed a bit like Christmas. They knew they were getting something special, they just didn’t know quite what.

        Then they walked into their new classroom.

  • Donation will cover 10 percent of need

        The Bedford Business Leads Group purchased 35 back packs and stuffed them with school supplies. Karen Hughes, of the Bedford County Department of Social Services, said that she has received 350 applications from parents for back-to-school supplies for children.

        “This is the most we have ever had,” Hughes said.

  • Superintendent: AYP results becoming less relevant

        Six Bedford County schools reached their adequate yearly progress goals for last year; 15 did not. The results reflect a nationwide trend that has more schools failing to meet increasing federal requirements that many say have to be revised.

        “I have a lot of concerns about the No Child Left Behind law as it is currently written,” stated Bedford County Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.