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Education

  • No more lighting up at schools

        The “no tobacco” policy at Bedford County schools for students and staff has now been extended to visitors for events at those schools.

        That means tobacco products won’t be allowed to be used at sporting events and other activities—by anyone.

  • Early College proves appealing to area siblings

    The Early College program at Central Virginia Community College’s Bedford Center has been around long enough that the younger brothers and sisters of earlier graduates are now following in their sibling’s footsteps.

        With Early College, high school juniors and seniors attend college classes at CVCC’s Bedford Center instead of attending class at their base high schools. When they graduate, they not only have a high school diploma but also an associate’s degree in general studies.

  • Cavs ready for London Parade

        This has been quite a year for the Jefferson Forest High School band.

        The Cavaliers have been visited by royalty and invited to a number of prestigious events. They set off two days after Christmas for the first of those.
        “It’s coming together beautifully,” stated Band Director David Webb, about the JF band’s trip to London over Christmas break. “Logistically it’s a gigantic undertaking.”

  • Program of studies gets makeover

        Thursday night marked the last county school board meeting of the year, and the last school board meeting for three of its members.

        District 6 school board member Shirley McCabe is the last member of the old appointed school board still serving. McCabe, a retired educator, has served on the Bedford County School board for 16 years and chose not to seek reelection this year. She will be replaced by Kelly Harmony.

  • School Board looks ahead

        The Bedford County School Board closed out 2011 with a work session dedicated to the school division’s strategic plan.

        The school board passed its strategic plan, which can be seen on the school division’s Web site at www.bedford.k12.va.us, at the beginning of this year. At Thursday’s work session, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Douglas Schuch, presented the school board with action plans to implement the strategic plan.

  • Construction class gives students real-world experience

        Danny Thomas teaches building construction at the Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC). His students are building for their future.

        Thomas is a Bedford County native who graduated from Staunton River High School (SRHS) in 1997 and grew up with construction.        “My dad built houses,” he said. “As I was growing up, I always helped him.”

  • LHS students help decorate Centertown for Christmas

        A group of Liberty High School students wanted to give back to the Bedford community.

        That prompted a brain-storming session on what they could do. The result—a festively-decorated Centertown Park.
        About 35 students from the LHS agricultural and art classes have been working since Thanksgiving on the decorations and last Wednesday they showed up to put them up, just in time for Saturday’s Christmas parade.

  • Officials: Distracted driving leads to school bus incidents

        School bus drivers in Bedford County report at least 20 violations a year on vehicles that illegally pass them while students are being transported to and from school.

        But that represents only a small fraction of the violations the 186 county school bus drivers will observe. That number, according to the school system, will likely hit well over 3,000 this school year.
        And the students’ safety is at stake.

  • Future teachers instruct peers about petroleum

        Bedford County’s future teachers have been making presentations on energy in the county’s high schools this fall. They ended these sessions at the Bedford Science and Technology Center, where their program is based.

  • School Board will have a new look next year

        There will be a decidedly new look to the Bedford County School Board come Jan. 1.

        Last week’s election sent three new faces to the school board: Kevin Willis in District 7, Kelly Harmony in District 6 and Richard Downey in District 1. District 5 incumbent Julie Bennington survived a challenge from Ricky Wilkerson to win the other School Board seat up for election last Tuesday.