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Education

  • Thaxton NEED team explores energy

        A former Thaxton NEED team member came home last week to talk to the current students about Virginia Tech’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) car.
        Eli White, who will complete a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech this spring, was a member of the NEED team from 1999 until 2002 when he moved on to Bedford Middle School. He’s co-leader of the HEVT at Tech that is working on the current three-year project.

  • Math CAN be FUN!

        The trick to teaching math? Getting students to enjoy it.

        While historically students often point to math as the subject they dislike the most, Body Camp Elementary is bucking the trend.
        And maybe setting a new standard.
        At the direction of Principal Scott Graham, the school has implemented the DreamBox Learning Math program into its curriculum.  And it’s making a difference.

  • Consultant tells board one school proposal won't work

        A consultant with M.B. Kahn Construction Co., Inc., told the Bedford County School Board Thursday that a proposal to build a new middle school in the Liberty Zone with the plan to eventually convert it to a high school later on isn’t feasible.

        “It’s not a practical idea,” stated William W. Cram, executive vice president with M.B. Kahn. “The space you need in a high school is so different (from that of a middle school).”

  • School days to be extended in BCPS

        After missing in excess of 11 days due to inclement weather this year, students in Bedford County Public Schools will be spending a little more time each day in class to make up for the lost time.

        On Thursday, the Bedford County School Board voted to extend the school day by 10 minutes March 31 through the end of the school year. In addition, the board gave school officials the option to extend that time even longer if needed to make up for more lost time.

  • School system seeks $3.87M more from supervisors

        After narrowly passing a $108 million budget on a 4-3 vote last Thursday, the Bedford County School Board had a chance Monday to try and sell that budget to the county supervisors during a work session attended by both boards.
        The school budget presented to the supervisors included a request for an additional $3.87 million in funding from the county, for a total local expenditure of $42.9 million.

  • School system left looking for answers

    The action Monday night by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors to delay any decision on what type of secondary school the county would provide funding for in the Liberty Zone has left the County School Board looking for answers.
        “We’re still looking for direction, what the next step should be,” stated School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler on the supervisors’ inaction. “We were hoping to have some direction by the end of March.”

  • Campaign recognized for its efforts to promote seatbelt use, safe driving

        Students at Jefferson Forest High School have turned a tragedy into a rallying challenge for teen driving safety.

  • Health insurance costs to impact school budget

        Employees with Bedford County Public Schools will likely have a new health insurance plan next year as the school system works to keep health insurance rates as low as possible.
        The Bedford County School Board met in the first of two work sessions to discuss the 2015 budget and much of that discussion focused on the cost of health care. If the school system decided to keep its current plans, premium costs would rise 28 percent, increasing the school system’s cost by $2.6 million.

  • Building Men of Substance

        Jarrett Ferguson, director of strength and conditioning for football at Virginia Tech, provided a voice of recent experience when he addressed a group of eighth grade boys at Bedford Middle School Monday afternoon.

        Ferguson, a 1997 Staunton River High School grad, was the guest speaker at this month’s Building Men of Substance meeting.

  • Otter River students meet NASA astronaut

        Christopher Cassidy didn’t grow up wanting to become an astronaut. But when he did make that decision, he put together quite a résumé.