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Education

  • School board chairman says delay costing money

        Bedford County School Board chairman Gary Hostutler believes the supervisors could be costing Bedford County taxpayers millions of dollars by delaying construction of the new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone.

  • After 40 years, school bids teacher goodbye

        Patricia Hogue wasn’t the only one reaching for tissues when the staff and children of Otter River Elementary School surprised her with a special assembly Tuesday morning.

        Her fellow teachers could be seen dabbing their eyes.
        Hogue is retiring at the end of this year after 40 years as an elementary school teacher. Her entire career was spent in Bedford County Public Schools — the last 35  at Otter River Elementary.

  • Advance Auto Parts helps BSTC fulfill its mission

        Mark Mathia, who teaches the automotive technology program at Bedford Science and Technology Center, wants to make sure his shop provides a realistic work environment for his students.

         Some major donations from Advance Auto Parts are helping him reach that goal.
        “For me, it means keeping this shop updated to the absolute latest equipment,” Mathia said.

  • Gym plans OK'd

        In order to stay within budget, the Bedford County School Board decided to go with a new gymnasium at Liberty High School that will have seating for 1,230.

  • Claytor Nature Center day camps are back

        After a one year hiatus, Claytor Nature Study Center day camps are back. The center is offering week-long summer day camps each week, starting May 30 and running through July 1.

        According to Dr. Greg Eaton, the center’s director, the camps are divided up into two age groups. Nature Makes Sense for rising first graders to rising third graders and Virginia Safari, for rising fourth graders through rising sixth graders.

  • Liberty zone wants gym comparable to Staunton River, Jefferson Forest

        School board members made no decision on a site for Liberty High School’s new gym, Monday night, after a public hearing on the gym.

  • VSBA gets musical preview, up-close look at personalized learning

    The Virginia School Board Association’s Southern Region held its annual meeting at Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) Thursday night.

  • School board chooses option for middle school design

    The architects and consultants working on plans for the new middle school in the Liberty zone now have direction as to what that school should look like, following Thursday night’s meeting of the Bedford County School Board.
        During a briefing on the progress  of the design of the school, board members unanimously agreed to go with a more traditional look for the school -- one that incorporates a similar look to the front of the current Bedford Middle School.

  • Top spellers!

        In the seventh and deciding round, she guessed.

        Through the first six rounds, Faith Peerman felt good about the words she had to spell – scrabble, macaroni, cauliflower, iguana, spherical and incorruptible. But in the seventh round, not so much.
        “I guessed,” she said with a smile.
        And she won.
        Peerman, a fifth grader at New London Academy is the 2016 Bedford County Spelling Bee champion.

  • Art students partner with Army Reserve Center on project

        A Liberty High School (LHS) art project is drawing attention to the new Army Reserve Center on U. S. 460. The students spent last Thursday afternoon painting some stacked hay bales.

        Melissa Friedwald, who teaches the Art 1, Adaptive Art and Digital Art classes oversaw the project, which was done by her third period Art 1 class.  Friedwald commented that she “usually doesn’t get to do the fun projects.”