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Education

  • Forest Elem. student is county’s top speller

        Bedford County’s county-wide spelling bee proved that spelling bees are not just for girls. A total of 17 children, one from each elementary school and middle school, competed and three of the final four contestants were boys.

        In the end, Henry Armfield, a fifth grader from Forest Elementary School, and Aaron Plattus, a seventh grader from Bedford Middle School, dueled for three rounds before Armfield claimed the championship. Plattus, the county spelling bee runner-up, will serve as the alternate.

  • Board looks ahead as budget discussions loom

        By delaying the release of a proposed budget, and by speaking with numerous civic and school groups, the Bedford County School Board and school administration officials hope that this year’s budget process will be less controversial than it has been the past couple of years.
        Those past budget discussions led to clashes between the public and the school board and administration—as proposals to close schools created acrimony—and between the school board and the board of supervisors over funding for the school system.

  • School board discusses drug testing, English class

        From drug testing to English classes, the Bedford County School Board looked at a variety of issues during its meeting last Thursday.
        During an informational item on the code of student conduct, District 6 board member Kelly Harmony suggested that the school board look at how much it would cost to test student athletes—and others involved in extracurricular activities—for drug use.

  • New SRO is ‘03 grad of Liberty High School

        Liberty High School’s (LHS) new school resource officer (SRO) Daniel Clark is now in his second month on the job. The high school is also familiar territory for the 2003 LHS graduate, although he’s now seeing it from a different perspective.

        “I’ve always been interested in law enforcement,” Clark said.
        He started working at the county dispatch center a year after graduating. Clark said that helped him get his foot in the door. He became a sheriff’s deputy in 2007.

  • LHS students decorate Centertown Park

    Liberty High School students decorated Centertown Park for this past Christmas, and now a different group from the high school has decked the space out for Valentine’s Day.

        According to Leslie Padgett, the high school’s art teacher, Cindy Key, a special education teacher, came to her and noted the good community response to the Christmas decorations. She asked if the special education students could do something in collaboration with the art department.

  • School budget hearing is Thursday at BSTC

    Local residents will have their first official opportunity to speak to the Bedford County School Board about the 2012-2013 budget at its meeting this Thursday.
        A public hearing on the budget will be held at 7 p.m. at the auditorium of the Bedford Science and Technology Center.
        But this won’t be the first time board members or school officials will have actually heard from the public on the budget. Numerous meetings with PTAs, teachers and civic groups have been going on for months.

  • Book pulled from Forest MS library after complaint

        The book “Running with the Buffaloes” has been pulled from the shelf at Forest Middle School following a complaint from a parent of a student at the school.

  • Superintendents present 'Blueprint' for education reform

        School superintendents from around the Commonwealth have come together to present a blueprint for reforming education in Virginia.

        And Bedford County Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch is encouraged Gov. Bob McDonnell has several of those reforms on his list as well. He added that the plan also covers many of the issues included in the BCPS strategic plan.

  • New chairman

    It took a few votes, but the Bedford County School Board finally elected its new chairman,  District 2 board member Dave Vaden.

        Vaden got the nod over District 5 board member Julie Bennington.

  • Bedford Primary PTA gets national grant

    Nobody in Bedford Primary School’s PTA had ever written a grant before, but the group's first effort was successful.
        Bedford Primary’s PTA became one of only 45 in the country to get a $1,000 grant from the National PTA for Take Your Family to School Week. Take Your Family to School Week is sponsored by the National PTA in February to encourage families to get involved with their children’s schools.