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Education

  • School Board seeks additional funding for next year

        Because the Virginia General Assembly has yet to approve the final state budget for the next biennium, last Thursday’s School Board budget work session was short on details.
        But there was plenty of discussion.
        One sure consensus that emerged is the board’s hope that the Bedford County Board of Supervisors will ante up more local funding for schools in 2012-2013.

  • Royal treatment

        For some, this was a trip back in time. And a lot of fun.

        A group of 30 Liberty High School students, members of the school’s Key Club, created an entertaining evening for Elks Home residents by sponsoring what they dubbed “a senior citizens prom.”
        “I had seen the Second Chance Prom [in Lynchburg] and thought ‘Why not make it older?’” said Melanie Smith, a senior and president of the Key Club.

  • School Board to hold budget work session

        After canceling two of its scheduled budget work sessions, the Bedford County School Board will begin its work on the 2012-2013 budget this Thursday.
        A work session will be held by the board on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the conference room at the school board office.

  • Planting the future

        Liberty High School’s agriculture department now has its own orchard. The orchard was sponsored by Gross’ Orchard, Johnson’s Orchard and Southern States.
        The orchard consists of a dozen apple trees, varieties that are known for low maintenance, planted at a spot selected by Ronnie Gross of Gross’ Orchard. The students did the planting.
        “Some of these kids jumped in like it was a profession for them,” Gross commented.

  • Whorley resigns from School Board

        District 3 School Board member Brad Whorley has resigned from the Bedford County School Board, effective this past Thursday.

        Whorley’s announcement was read by Board Chairman Dave Vaden during Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting. Whorley cited work responsibilities as the reason for his resignation. He had been serving as vice chairman of the board.
        The school board has 45 days to appoint a member to fill the District 3 seat until a special election for the seat can be held in November.

  • Math Night highlights new partnership program

        Some 50 students from Moneta Elementary School found out Monday that math is more than a subject in school: It has real life uses!

        They did that by counting stacks of oranges, figuring out how much $20 could buy for a family meal and many other activities set up to encourage them to use math while exploring the Food Lion in Moneta
        The Math Night event was part of a school and business partnership pilot program being implemented this year through Bedford County Public Schools.

  • School budget proposal seeks additional money from county

        Noting that today’s students will enter a workforce “more demanding and more competitive” than ever, Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch officially presented his proposed budget to School Board Thursday, which includes a request for up to $4.9 million in additional funding from the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.

  • Summit helps students learn to help themselves

    Some 100 middle school and high school students, along with their parents, gathered in Charlottesville in November for the fifth annual “I’m Determined” Youth and Parent Summit.

        The summit is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the Partnership for People with Disabilities. The three day conference included topics such as transitioning from high school to college and tips on finding a job. The goal was to encouraging the teens to focus on their strengths, rather than their weaknesses.

  • Lack of state numbers hinders work on school budget

        The school budget will take center stage Thursday for the Bedford County School Board, but there may end up being more questions than answers as Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch makes his formal presentation to the board.

  • VT student from Bedford works on EcoCAR 2 project

        The EcoCAR 2 competition is an exciting challenge for Eli White, 2008 Liberty High School graduate and a mechanical engineering student at Virginia Tech. He likens it to working on a great puzzle.