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Education

  • DeLong is region's top teacher

        For the fourth time in seven years, Bedford County Public Schools has had one of its teachers named Region V Teacher of the Year.
        Liberty High School social studies teacher Crystal DeLong learned she had won the honor at a surprise announcement in the school’s library. Many of her students were there to show their support.

  • It’s that time... School opens Monday

        Bedford County Public School age residents may not be ready to go back to school, but the schools are ready for them when school opens this Monday, Aug. 15.

        Thursday night, various school division department heads briefed school board members on the schools’ readiness.

  • Pilot programs added

        A report of mixed results from the first year of a pilot program on personalized learning came as no surprise to Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.
        “The report for the school board (last month) was the public side of it,” Dr. Schuch said this week. “We’ve been monitoring the progress for really the past year.”

  • BCPS names new school administrators

        Bedford County Public Schools has introduced several changes in administrative positions, including a new principal at Moneta Elementary School, Shawn Trosper, who is taking over for Melanie Simmons who has taken a position with the Central Office.

  • 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.

  • Store rewards good behavior

        Forest Middle School (FMS) has taken a unique approach to behavior. It’s a store where students can buy items they want, but instead of money, the currency the store accepts consists of points earned by good behavior.

        “Instead of the school trying to catch you doing wrong, we are going to catch you doing right, and reward you,” said Paul Nazigian, the school’s assistant principal.

  • School board makes cuts to budget

        The Bedford County School Board met Thursday night faced with the task of cutting $2 million from the budget it presented to the board of supervisors in late March.
        Dr. Douglas Schuch presented the board with recommended cuts. One of these cuts was the $250,000 the school board had placed in the project maintenance fund. Board Chairman Gary Hostutler sought to find cuts elsewhere to restore some of this money.
        “We need to have some project maintenance money,” he said.

  • Class has FMS students looking towards Mars

        Some eighth grade students at Forest Middle School are planning a mission to Mars.

        It’s all simulated, of course. The Bedford County School budget is much too small to finance the real thing. However, the planning is as real-world as possible, including regular briefings that the students must give to panels of adult professionals.
        This year is the first year for the class, the brain-child of Caitlin Unterman, who teaches the class, officially called Science Exploration.