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Education

  • 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.”

  • Body Camp Elementary joins Bedford Primary School as proposed cuts to balance school budget

    Last Thursday the Bedford County School Board got its first look at a proposed budget from Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch and at least one board member was surprised at what he saw.

        “This is very frustrating to me,” stated District 2 board member Dave Vaden.

  • Mayor's comments halt budget talks

        Following its regular meeting Thursday night, the Bedford County School Board planned to talk more about the proposed 2011-12 budget. That never happened; comments made by Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp stopped any further discussion in its tracks.

        “I think we need to get more clarification,” stated District 4 board member Gary Hostutler.

  • Mayor's comments halt budget talks

        Following its regular meeting Thursday night, the Bedford County School Board planned to talk more about the proposed 2011-12 budget. That never happened; comments made by Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp stopped any further discussion in its tracks.

        “I think we need to get more clarification,” stated District 4 board member Gary Hostutler.

  • Early College graduates say program helped them move ahead

        Last year, Bedford County Public Schools cut out funding for the Early College program. This year’s graduating seniors will be the last group to graduate with taxpayer funding.

        The program still exists, however. There are a group of high school juniors now attending, with their parents footing the bill, and the program  is taking applications for a new group of juniors for next year.

  • Doing their homework... and sharing it on Facebook

    You can hand it to the parents of students from Bedford Primary School: They’re doing their homework.

        They’ve come to meetings to challenge a proposal to close the school armed with studies, alternate proposals and even, possibly, a legal loophole.
        They’ve used the tried and true — good old footwork to get hundreds of names on petitions opposing the closure—and new technology to research and spread their message through the social media.

  • Parents speak out about proposal to close BPS

        For the second year in a row parents and students of a school that could potentially be closed by the Bedford County School Board are letting their voices be heard.

  • Students have fun, learn in the process

    “Didn’t you retire?” Dr. Douglas Schuch, Bedford County’s superintendent of schools, said with a laugh as he shook Viola Henry’s hand at Thaxton Elementary School, Thursday.

        Yes, Henry did retire at the end of the last school year, after 34-and-a-half years at Thaxton. Henry, however, continues to oversee the school’s N.E.E.D. team in a volunteer capacity.

  • School Board to hold public hearing on school consolidation

        The Bedford County School Board will take public comments Thursday about the possible consolidation of schools as a result of cuts to next year's budget.

        The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the Bedford Science and Technology Center's auditorium.