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Education

  • What’s next for the School Board?

        Facing a $1.1 million cut from its approved budget, School Board Chairman Debbie Hoback said, in a phone interview Tuesday, that the board will use the same procedure it has used in the past when it did not get as much funding as anticipated.

        This involves looking at items that the board has already considered and deciding what it can do to get the numbers down. The board will have to cut its budget to match the funding from the county.
        “I think we will be able to get it done,” she said.

  • Board to take second look at plan

    It's time to reconsider.
        That's what the Bedford County School Board decided Thursday about its budget after hearing from the Board of Supervisors that most of its members didn't support closing Bedford Primary School and consolidating those students with Bedford Elementary.

        At a meeting last week, the supervisors threatened to withhold $1.1 million in additional funding for 2011-2012 if the school board didn't keep the school open.

  • Brigadier General touts importance of early childhood education

    Staunton River High School’s marching band, flag waving children from Bedford Elementary School and a JROTC color guard turned out to welcome Brigadier General John Douglass (USAF Retired) when he spoke at the National D-day Memorial last week.

  • What Dr. Schuch had to say on Tuesday

        “We’re moving forward.”

  • School Board votes to close Bedford Primary

        Under a budget approved by the Bedford County School Board Thursday night, Bedford Primary School will be closed next year while Body Camp Elementary will remain open. School employees will also receive a 1 percent pay raise.

        After considering closing both schools, the board agreed at Thursday's special called meeting to consolidate Bedford Primary with Bedford Elementary School next year, making it a K-5 school. Sixth graders currently at the school will move over to Bedford Middle School.

  • Board agrees to close Primary School; will keep Body Camp open

    Under a budget approved by the Bedford County School Board Thursday night, Bedford Primary School will be closed next year while Body Camp Elementary will remain open.

    After considering closing both schools, the board agreed at last night's special called meeting to consolidate Bedford Primary with Bedford Elementary School next year, making it a K-5 school. Sixth graders currently at the school will move over to Bedford Middle School.

  • Body Camp, Primary School could be saved by board

    If the budget for Bedford County Public Schools is adopted based on discussions during a five-hour school board work session last Thursday, neither Body Camp Elementary or Bedford Primary School would be closed next year.

        But cuts still have to be made and one school board member has yet to come to a decision on the issue while another wasn't at the meeting to voice an opinion about the proposed school closings.

  • Parents ask support for schools, with reservations

    It was a full house at Monday night's board of supervisors meeting as parents asked the supervisors to fund the school budget. They asked for the support with reservations, however.

    The parents asked the supervisors to insist that the school board keep Body Camp Elementary and Bedford Primary School open. One parent suggested that the supervisors hold back funds unless the school board will guarantee that the schools won't be closed in order to fund new programs.

  • Building tetrahedron unites FMS students, staff

    For the past several months, a school-wide project at Forest Middle School has been uniting all of the students together with one goal. The result: a 9-foot-tall tetrahedron that the students put together last Wednesday.

        “We began to look at building this giant tetrahedron and tying it in with the math SOLs that (the students) were learning,” stated Nancy Young, a library media specialist at the school. “Every student in the school has actually made an individual tetrahedron to put into this project.”

  • Body Camp residents protest proposal to close school

    Several Body Camp residents showed up in front of the school division’s central office, Monday, to protest a proposal to close Body Camp Elementary School.

        “We believe that no school should be closed,” said Renata Chockley. “It’s not fair to the community.”