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Education

  • Health insurance costs to impact school budget

        Employees with Bedford County Public Schools will likely have a new health insurance plan next year as the school system works to keep health insurance rates as low as possible.
        The Bedford County School Board met in the first of two work sessions to discuss the 2015 budget and much of that discussion focused on the cost of health care. If the school system decided to keep its current plans, premium costs would rise 28 percent, increasing the school system’s cost by $2.6 million.

  • Building Men of Substance

        Jarrett Ferguson, director of strength and conditioning for football at Virginia Tech, provided a voice of recent experience when he addressed a group of eighth grade boys at Bedford Middle School Monday afternoon.

        Ferguson, a 1997 Staunton River High School grad, was the guest speaker at this month’s Building Men of Substance meeting.

  • Board delays decision on whether to close Thaxton Elementary; Bedford Primary School won't close

    The Bedford County School Board voted to delay making a decision on whether to close Thaxton Elementary School Thursday. A vote could come by the end of this year, after staff has a chance to craft a plan for where students from that school would be be redistricted to attend.

    The board, at Thursday's special called meeting held at Bedford Science and Technology Center, did apparently rule out closing Bedford Primary School. The decision now apparently hinges on if, and when, Thaxton Elementary would be closed.

  • BCPS sets up Facebook, Twitter accounts

        Bedford County Public Schools has entered the world of social media.

        At the request of the school board last month, Ryan Edwards, spokesman for the school division, has set up Facebook and Twitter accounts for the school system, providing additional ways for the school system to communicate with parents and the community.
        Edwards said it’s just one more way to keep people informed “about the great happenings going on in our schools.”

  • Body Camp Elementary to close after one more year

    They'll do their best to make it a year to remember.

    Those were the first thoughts from staff and parents of students from Body Camp Elementary who will have one more year at the school before it closes.

  • Vote to delay school closing fails

    A request to delay a decision on closing either Moneta Elementary School or Body Camp Elementary school failed on two separate votes Thursday night during a meeting of the Bedford County School Board.

  • Schools reap rewards of promoting positive behavior

    A new initiative to promote positive behavior in Bedford County Public Schools is showing impressive results. And people are noticing.

    Recently, Bedford Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Robert Louis Harrison Jr. gave out awards to school administrators, praising them for their work through the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. The goal of the program—in partnership with students, families and the school community—is to “create a safe, supportive and successful learning environment.”

  • Public hearing scheduled on potential school closing

    The Bedford County School Board will be conducting a public hearing on potential closing/consolidation of elementary schools in the Staunton River Zone and the resulting redistricting of students.

    The hearing will take place on Monday, June 2, 7 p.m. in the Staunton River High School auditorium. Anyone who wants to speak at this hearing should contact Sherry Ratliff, School Board Clerk, at 540-586-1045 x-257. Those wishing to speak may also sign up to speak on the evening of June 2 when arriving at the hearing.

  • Students put physics to work

        They could use three materials: cardboard, plastic and duct tape. And with that, physics students from Liberty High School built sea-worthy vessels.
        At least most of them were.
        Students in Jeff Steele’s classes brought their boats to Smith Mountain Lake State Park Thursday morning. Some had been working on their projects for weeks; some for just a few days.
        “It’s something fun to do at the end of the year,” LHS senior Will Grant said.

  • Study recommends closing two schools

     

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    By Tom Wilmoth

    Editor

    news@bedfordbulletin.com

     

    If Bedford County Public Schools wants to operate efficiently, two of its elementary schools should be closed, according to a state-mandated efficiency study released Thursday night.