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Education

  • 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.

  • Students head back to school

    While summer won’t officially be over for another month, it practically ends for about 10,300 Bedford County students Monday.

        Summer vacation is through—the 2011-2012 school year is set to begin.
        “We’re just excited to have the students back,” stated Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch. “We’re very excited and enthused about another school year and all of the great things we have in store for the students in the year to come.”
        And there will be changes.

  • School board learns about blended learning

        Computer-based learning is where education is headed, according to Dr. Allison Powell, a representative of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.

        “It isn’t just a trend or fad that is going to go away,” she said.

  • Two to vie for District 1 school board seat

        Joy Wright, the two term incumbent who currently holds the District 1 school board seat, won't be in this year's election.

        "When I originally took the seat, I said that I would only serve two terms," she said. "I think eight years is enough."

  • Online learning program kicks off

    Summer school students in Bedford County got the first taste of the school system’s blended learning program, a program likely to become more prominent in the years ahead.

        Simply put, for online learning, the future is now.

  • Summer grads receive degrees

        Uzaifa Ahmad was only a few blocks away when the Twin Towers came down in New York City in September 11, 2001.
        “I thought the world had ended,” she said of living through that experience. But having survived it, she confidently told her fellow summer school graduates last week, “We’re going to be OK.”
        Ahmad was one of 11, 2011 Summer graduates from Bedford County Public Schools. Graduation exercises for  them  were held at Liberty High School on Thursday.

  • Museum program brings history alive for children

    They’re living history.    
        The Bedford Museum has an annual summer program aimed at introducing children to history held every Friday afternoon.

  • Board looks at adding to sick leave bank options

        Bedford County’s school board is looking into letting school employees use time in the school division’s sick leave bank to care for an ailing family member.

        The sick leave bank is voluntary. According to Timothy Parker, the school division’s human resources director, the sick leave bank has 740 active members. An employee donates two days to join and may withdraw up to 90 days after all other forms of leave have been exhausted. Parker said that 800 days have been withdrawn from the bank, leaving a balance of 566.