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Education

  • Teacher of the year finalists named

        With each school in Bedford County Public Schools having selected its own Teacher of the Year, that list has now been trimmed down to three finalists for the school system’s overall winner.

        The BCPS 2016 Teacher of the Year will be announced during a dinner at Boonsboro Country Club next Tuesday, May 12, 6:15 p.m.

  • School board adjusts its budget

        Bedford County’s school board adopted an adjusted budget at a Monday night work session that had been called for that purpose.
        The school board’s original budget called for a $2.6 million increase in local funding but the supervisors, last month, increased the local transfer to the public school system by $735,000. The purpose of Monday’s work session was to make the school budget fit within available funds.

  • BSTC to hold Benefit Car Show

        Last year, Bedford Science and Technology Center’s (BSTC) automotive technology program held a benefit car show for one of its own.

        Luke Arrington, a senior, was diagnosed with cancer last year.  The benefit car show, which was pulled together on short notice, drew 76 entries. It was such a success that Mark Mathia, the program’s instructor, decided to make it an annual event, benefiting a different local charity each year.

  • LHS students take on challenge of safe space travel

        When astronauts inevitably set out for Mars, two Liberty High School students are hoping that a product they devised might help that mission reach its destination.

        Liberty senior Yuriy Snyder and freshman Hannah Steele collaborated on a project that landed them as finalists in the Conrad Innovation Challenge. The Conrad Challenge was founded by Apollo astronaut Pete Conrad’s widow to honor his passion for innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • 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.”

  • Moneta Elementary plows new ground in personalized learning

    Moneta Elementary School has taken the lead in personalized learning for Bedford County Public Schools.

  • Two arrested for setting cars on fire

        Two Bedford County residents have been charged with lighting two cars on fire, in connection with separate incidents at Raintree Village Apartments.
        According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman the police began investigating the car fires after receiving a call on Sept. 17 about a car on fire. Officers arrived to find the car fully involved in fire, he said.
        The Bedford Fire Department put the fire out.