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Education

  • 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.

  • 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).”

  • 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.