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Education

  • 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.

  • Thaxton NEED team explores energy

        A former Thaxton NEED team member came home last week to talk to the current students about Virginia Tech’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) car.
        Eli White, who will complete a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech this spring, was a member of the NEED team from 1999 until 2002 when he moved on to Bedford Middle School. He’s co-leader of the HEVT at Tech that is working on the current three-year project.

  • Mother, daughter each named teacher of the year

    Martha Nowlin and Kim Bollinger have a lot in common.
        They’re both teachers at elementary schools in Bedford County—Martha at Big Island Elementary and Kim at Body Camp Elementary. They both love teaching; they both serve as coordinator for their school’s Consultation Team.
        They’ve both been named as their school’s Teacher of the Year.
        And there’s one more important connection they share—they are mother (Martha) and daughter (Kim).

  • LHS to host Special Olympics April 23

        For many of Alicia Schneider’s Adaptive Physical Education students, participating in the Special Olympics is the highlight of their year.
        Some in her Liberty High School classes begin asking about it the first day of school.
        That’s why when Schneider learned her students wouldn’t be able to participate in Roanoke’s Special Olympics this year, because the date coincided with the school’s spring break, she needed to take action.
        And needed to do it quick.

  • Making up for lost time: School day to begin earlier, go longer

     

    Employees and students have been notified that due to the high number of days missed this year due to inclement weather, the school system is now required to make-up more than 11 hours of instructional time to meet state requirements.

  • School days to be extended in BCPS

        After missing in excess of 11 days due to inclement weather this year, students in Bedford County Public Schools will be spending a little more time each day in class to make up for the lost time.

        On Thursday, the Bedford County School Board voted to extend the school day by 10 minutes March 31 through the end of the school year. In addition, the board gave school officials the option to extend that time even longer if needed to make up for more lost time.

  • Consultant tells board one school proposal won't work

        A consultant with M.B. Kahn Construction Co., Inc., told the Bedford County School Board Thursday that a proposal to build a new middle school in the Liberty Zone with the plan to eventually convert it to a high school later on isn’t feasible.

        “It’s not a practical idea,” stated William W. Cram, executive vice president with M.B. Kahn. “The space you need in a high school is so different (from that of a middle school).”