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Education

  • Math CAN be FUN!

        The trick to teaching math? Getting students to enjoy it.

        While historically students often point to math as the subject they dislike the most, Body Camp Elementary is bucking the trend.
        And maybe setting a new standard.
        At the direction of Principal Scott Graham, the school has implemented the DreamBox Learning Math program into its curriculum.  And it’s making a difference.

  • School system seeks $3.87M more from supervisors

        After narrowly passing a $108 million budget on a 4-3 vote last Thursday, the Bedford County School Board had a chance Monday to try and sell that budget to the county supervisors during a work session attended by both boards.
        The school budget presented to the supervisors included a request for an additional $3.87 million in funding from the county, for a total local expenditure of $42.9 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.

  • 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.

  • Campaign recognized for its efforts to promote seatbelt use, safe driving

        Students at Jefferson Forest High School have turned a tragedy into a rallying challenge for teen driving safety.

  • School system left looking for answers

    The action Monday night by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors to delay any decision on what type of secondary school the county would provide funding for in the Liberty Zone has left the County School Board looking for answers.
        “We’re still looking for direction, what the next step should be,” stated School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler on the supervisors’ inaction. “We were hoping to have some direction by the end of March.”

  • School Board begins its budget talks: Dr. Schuch's proposal calls for additional $4.4 million from county

        School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch presented his proposed $109 million budget to the Bedford County School Board last Thursday; this week board members start putting their own marks on the school budget request.

        The County Board of Supervisors will have the final say when it decides on its ultimate allocation of local funds for the school budget.

  • Otter River students meet NASA astronaut

        Christopher Cassidy didn’t grow up wanting to become an astronaut. But when he did make that decision, he put together quite a résumé.

  • Students celebrate National FFA Week

        Thursday morning, Buddy the calf became the center of attention for the Liberty High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) students.

        And he seemed to enjoy the attention.
        Buddy was the star of the show for the FFA’s “Cow Plop” fundraiser. The students had sold tickets to those wanting to buy a block in Buddy’s pin. Whichever ticket-holder’s block Buddy plopped in first, would win the raffle.

  • FMS student wins County Bee

        This wasn't Yoomin Hwang's first spelling bee, but it was the first time she had participated in one while living in the United States. And she was a little nervous.