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Education

  • School board revisits budget

        The Bedford County School Board will move into cut mode Thursday night.
        Following a 5 p.m. closed session, the board is scheduled to hold a work session at 6 p.m. in the conference room at the School Board office. The work session will provide a chance for the board to begin cutting $4.8 million from the $42.8 million local funding budget proposal it previously passed and sent to the Board of Supervisors for consideration.

  • Budget decisions frustrate SB chair

    School Board chairman Gary Hostutler is frustrated.
        Not only are the county supervisors refusing to increase the school system’s budget, they also continue to blame the school board         for “begging”  for  funds  for capital improvements, he said Monday night.

  • Finalists named for county's Teacher of the Year

        Three of Bedford County’s top teachers have been selected as this year’s finalists for the county’s Teacher of the Year.

        Eric Martin, physical education teacher at Stewartsville Elementary; Sandra Brookshier, life science teacher at Bedford Middle School; and Debra Woodson, 11th and 12th grade English teacher at Jefferson Forest High School , are the top finalists. They were selected from the Teachers of the Year at each county school.

  • School board looks for savings

        In an effort to trim more than $1 million from its budget proposal, the Bedford County School Board voted Thursday to change its health insurance plans for employees.
        And more changes may be on the way.
        Under the current plans offered to employees, the cost of insurance would have jumped by 28 percent in the upcoming 2014-2015 budget, well over $2 million in additional cost. But the school board is looking for savings from its budget request to the county.

  • Liberty ag program has its own farm

        Liberty High School’s agriculture program has its own farm.

  • LHS to host Special Olympics April 23

        For many of Alicia Schneider’s Adaptive Physical Education students, participating in the Special Olympics is the highlight of their year.
        Some in her Liberty High School classes begin asking about it the first day of school.
        That’s why when Schneider learned her students wouldn’t be able to participate in Roanoke’s Special Olympics this year, because the date coincided with the school’s spring break, she needed to take action.
        And needed to do it quick.

  • Mother, daughter each named teacher of the year

    Martha Nowlin and Kim Bollinger have a lot in common.
        They’re both teachers at elementary schools in Bedford County—Martha at Big Island Elementary and Kim at Body Camp Elementary. They both love teaching; they both serve as coordinator for their school’s Consultation Team.
        They’ve both been named as their school’s Teacher of the Year.
        And there’s one more important connection they share—they are mother (Martha) and daughter (Kim).

  • 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).”