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Education

  • New principals gear up for school year

        Don’t look now, but in less than a month students in Bedford and Bedford County will be headed back to school.

        Surely that’s not a collective “noooooooo!” being heard from the students, about the looming August 22 date, is it?
        It can’t be. There are too many folks getting ready for their return. Among them are some new principals at four of the schools: Bedford Primary, Montvale Elementary, Big Island Elementary and Staunton River Middle School.

  • Board discusses facility use

        The use of school facilities by outside groups was discussed Thursday by the Bedford County School Board as a committee raised questions on several issues included in the current policy.

  • Camps provide plenty of activities for local youth

        A federal grant, administered locally by Bedford County Public Schools, has helped keep a group of local elementary school children constructively busy. Last week, children from Bedford, Moneta and Stewartsville Elementary schools spent mornings at Claytor Nature Study Center and afternoons at the Bower Center. The Claytor Center took 24 children, the maximum it can accommodate at one time.

  • Board takes second look at new policy

        After hearing Thursday from two parents whose children would be affected by a new out-of-county transfer policy, the Bedford County School Board changed course to allow almost two dozen students to attend county schools without having to pay tuition.

        Sue Downs-Loyd and Annmarie Finnegan each spoke to the board about the negative impact the policy, as originally passed, had on their children.

  • BPS issue raises up new appointments for City School Board

     

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    The controversy surrounding the attempt to close Bedford Primary School during budget discussions earlier this year raised up a group of people passionate about what's going on in city and county government.

    On Tuesday, that involvement got even deeper with two leaders of those who fought to keep BPS open being named as new members of the Bedford City School Board.

  • Prize winning car visits Otter River

        Children at Otter River Elementary School got a look at the car that won the Progressive Automotive X Prize.

        Called Edison 2, the car can carry four people, accelerate to 100 mph and gets 129 miles per gallon on the highway. According to Bobby Mouzayck, the mechanic who accompanied it, the car’s secret is that it’s very light weight, achieved by a combination of steel, aluminum and carbon fiber material used for its construction, coupled with aerodynamic design.

  • Students get up-close look at hot air balloon

        How do you get, and keep, the attention of an entire elementary school full of children. One way is to arrive with a balloon.

        That’s what Kevin and Amy Poeppleman did recently. The couple are hot air balloon pilots, Kevin Poeppleman has been a balloon pilot for REMAX for 30 years.
        Their visit was arranged by Nadine Blakely, a REMAX agent in the Forest area. Blakely has had a child at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School since it first opened. Her youngest starts middle school in the fall.

  • School Board asks for relief from NCLB act

    Bedford County is seeking relief from federal regulations related to the No Child Left Behind act.

        The School Board, at a meeting Thursday, unanimously approved a resolution asking for relief from the NCLB sanctions until a new law is authorized. The resolution was to be sent to the Secretary of Education as well as Virginia senators and local congressmen.

  • The edge of glory: SRHS seniors urged to reach potential

        The students of the Staunton River High School Class of 2011 were reminded during the school’s 48th Commencement held Saturday at the Vines Center in Lynchburg that they were standing “on the edge of glory.”

        Class President Bethany Layne Cheney told the close to 250 graduates to look to the future and “recognize the potential that we each possess.”

  • Following their dreams: LHS seniors begin new tradition

        Liberty High School began a new tradition during its 47th Commencement held Saturday at the Vines Center in Lynchburg: Along with their diploma, each student received a rose to give to someone who had made a positive impact in their lives.
        The 224 students of the Class of 2011 were urged by classmate Kasey Dean Bond to “believe in yourself and follow your dreams.”
        “Make a difference,” Bond added.