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Education

  • Student Advisory Council 2013-2014

        The best comment at the Bedford County School Board meeting Thursday night just might have come from Thomas Messier, a student at Bedford Middle School.

        Messier, a member of this year’s Student Advisory Council, speaking about the need for improvements at Liberty High School, noted that LHS was celebrating its 50th anniversary this year of being open, adding “so is its gym.”

  • GP donates computers to Big Island Elementary

    Georgia Pacific has helped Big Island Elementary School upgrade its technology through the donation of 10 computers.

        The donation furthers the school/business partnership between GP and Big Island Elementary.
        Representatives from Georgia Pacific recently delivered the 10 Dell Optiplex 7010 computers to the school. Each of these computers came with I5 quad core processors, 4gb RAM, 256gb hard drive, and are licensed for Windows 7.

  • School Board begins trimming its budget

    In an effort to cut $4.8 million from its proposed budget, the Bedford County School Board is looking at cutting 46 teaching and administrative positions this year, in just one cost-savings measure being considered.
        The board discussed the revised budget numbers Thursday night and also approved, as part of that cost-savings, its healthcare insurance premiums for the year. Premiums to school employees will go up; so will deductibles.

  • Career coaching makes vital difference

        Finding the right career is more vital than ever. To help with that, students at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) can take advantage of the services of a career coach.

  • School board revisits budget

        The Bedford County School Board will move into cut mode Thursday night.
        Following a 5 p.m. closed session, the board is scheduled to hold a work session at 6 p.m. in the conference room at the School Board office. The work session will provide a chance for the board to begin cutting $4.8 million from the $42.8 million local funding budget proposal it previously passed and sent to the Board of Supervisors for consideration.

  • 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.