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Education

  • County teachers visit China

    Two Bedford County teachers were able to spend a week in China last month. They hope they’ll be able to use what they learned to help their students.

        The opportunity came through an invitation from the Office of Chinese Language Council International’s North American office, located in Vancouver, Canada. Though the session was intended for teachers of Chinese language, Ashlie Hirschman and Rhonda Luckie were still invited to attend even though they do not teach Chinese. They are both still in the process of learning the language.

  • Board restores band position

    Come January, a new band teacher will join the staff at Jefferson Forest High School and Forest Middle School.

        On a 4-3 vote, the Bedford County School Board agreed to add a full-time position to be split between the schools for the rest of the school year. Two teachers currently serve the band students at those schools, down from three last year. Band supporters from JF had been asking the board to restore the position for several months.

  • Moving 8th graders to JF and LHS being considered

    Bedford County eighth graders in the Forest and Liberty zones could be roaming the halls of Jefferson Forest and Liberty high schools next year. But that’s just one of several options being considered to deal with facility issues in the county.

  • Students at Body Camp receive special gifts

    Every child at Body Camp Elementary School received a hand-knitted sweater, scarf and hat last week, courtesy of a volunteer effort by folks in the Smith Mountain Lake area. The work was spearheaded by Adele Frischman.

        “This project is huge,” commented Frischman.
        She needed 175 sweaters this year. In order to make this project happen, Frischman just asks.

  • School board to take close look at budget

    The Bedford County School Board will look at the upcoming year’s budget line by line, looking for savings.

        Randy Hagler, the school division’s chief financial officer, believes he has already found one place to save. Hagler presented his idea to the school board during a marathon work session last week.

  • No decision yet on band position for Forest zone

        The Bedford County School Board plans to make a decision on whether to restore a band instructor position to the Forest zone band program next month. This position, which is located at Forest Middle School, had been cut when the budget for the current school year was developed earlier this year.

  • British dignitaries visit with JF band

    There’s nothing quite like receiving an invitation in person. Just ask the Jefferson Forest High School band members.

  • Council brings fresh eyes to school issues

    These students are making a difference.

        The Bedford County Student Advisory Council met for the first time this school year on Thursday, Oct. 28. 

  • Board will look at restoring JF band position; no promises made

    The consequences of raising the class sizes in Bedford County Public Schools—eliminating about 70 positions throughout the school system—continue to confront the Bedford County School Board.

        For the  second  meeting  in  a  row,  board members heard from supporters of the Jefferson Forest High School band program, asking that a band instructor position, eliminated in the cuts, be restored. That position is shared by the high school and Forest Middle School.

  • Program targets teen drivers

    Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute has been studying teen drivers for some time.

        Last week, in conjunction with AAA Mid-Atlantic, the institute conducted its first Teen Driver Safety Days. On Oct. 20, a group of Bedford County sophomores, about 300 of them from all three high schools, became the second group of high school students to experience this four-hour program. Montgomery County students had gone through the day before.