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Education

  • 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.

  • Liberty ag program has its own farm

        Liberty High School’s agriculture program has its own farm.

  • Finalists named for county's Teacher of the Year

        Three of Bedford County’s top teachers have been selected as this year’s finalists for the county’s Teacher of the Year.

        Eric Martin, physical education teacher at Stewartsville Elementary; Sandra Brookshier, life science teacher at Bedford Middle School; and Debra Woodson, 11th and 12th grade English teacher at Jefferson Forest High School , are the top finalists. They were selected from the Teachers of the Year at each county school.

  • Budget decisions frustrate SB chair

    School Board chairman Gary Hostutler is frustrated.
        Not only are the county supervisors refusing to increase the school system’s budget, they also continue to blame the school board         for “begging”  for  funds  for capital improvements, he said Monday night.

  • School board looks for savings

        In an effort to trim more than $1 million from its budget proposal, the Bedford County School Board voted Thursday to change its health insurance plans for employees.
        And more changes may be on the way.
        Under the current plans offered to employees, the cost of insurance would have jumped by 28 percent in the upcoming 2014-2015 budget, well over $2 million in additional cost. But the school board is looking for savings from its budget request to the county.

  • 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.