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Education

  • Close to 10,000 students return to school Thursday

        When Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch's mother immigrated to this country from Sweden in 1950 at the  age of 11, she entered a public school system that was designed for the industrial age.
        That meant instruction was delivered in a “highly efficient assembly-line fashion,” and students were sorted and selected, based on their abilities to master content in a prescribed amount of time.

  • A familiar face at JF

        The new school year starts tomorrow and, although Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) has a new principal, returning students will see a familiar face. That’s because Dr. Lee Ann Calvert has been assistant principal there for 13 years.

  • Minutemen Succeed; No Exceptions

        When Kathy Dills was in the fourth grade, a panel of teachers told her—and her parents—that she would always struggle in school and wouldn’t achieve academically.

        They did say she would make a good cheerleader, because of her high energy.
        Talk about motivation.

  • School combines sports, a Christian education

        Jesus is Lord Sports Academy is opening in Bedford in facilities owned by Faith Fellowship Church on West Depot Street.

        While it’s new to Bedford, Jay Barnhart, who is no relation to the author of this article, has operated the sports academy elsewhere.
        “We did it for four years in Washington, D. C.,” Barnhart said.
        Then, he and his wife moved to Amherst where they ran the sports academy for five years.
        Why the moves?

  • Community spruces up Bedford Primary School

        Students returning to Bedford Primary School next Thursday, Aug. 14, will be met with a spruced up exterior of the school.

        Residents from the community have been meeting this week to work on the landscaping at the front of the school, getting it ready for the opening of school—and for a tour two weeks later by the Bedford County School Board.

  • School budget goes to the county

        The Bedford County School Board had few changes to make in Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch’s proposed $106.5 million budget for 2015-2016.
        Now comes the difficult part—selling the budget to the County Board of Supervisors.
        Dr. Schuch, Board Chairman Gary Hostutler and Chief Financial Officer Randy Hagler will try to do just that during a work session Monday night with the supervisors.

  • First Amendment cries misplaced

    By Mike Forster

        There is a relationship between rights and consequences, although recent events might have you thinking otherwise.
        Two major incidents have pundits screaming about first amendment rights:  the Sony hacking and the Paris massacre.

  • Public hearing Thursday on Liberty zone proposal

        Those wanting to comment to the Bedford County School Board on the proposed redistricting plan connected with the closing of Thaxton Elementary School may do so during a public hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 11, at the School Board Office Conference Room.

        The board’s regular meeting will immediately follow the public hearing and included on that agenda is a vote on the redistricting plan.

  • Five times in six years

        Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) may be getting used to this.

        Emily Pickering a senior and member of the school’s marching band has been selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. The band will play during halftime at the All-American Bowl to be played in the Alamo Dome in San Antonio on the first Saturday in January.  This game will feature two teams made up of the best high school football players in America.

  • 4-3 vote: close Thaxton Elementary

        On a 4-3 vote, the Bedford County School Board voted to close another school at the end of this school year; Thaxton Elementary joins Body Camp Elementary as the two schools slated to close.

        Before a packed room at the School Board Office Conference Room—and to the dismay of the Thaxton supporters attending the meeting—board members Gary Hostutler, Julie Bennington, Dr. John Hicks and Richard Downey voted to close the school with Kelly Harmony, Jason Johnson and Kevin Willis voting against the motion.