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Education

  • Plate reader data to be dumped after 24 hours

        A number of supervisors were concerned about the length of time Sheriff Mike Brown was keeping data from the license plate reader his office deploys.

  • Student numbers in BCPS drop, so do funds

        Enrollment in Bedford County Public Schools is down even more than had been projected for this school year. That factor, coupled with a projected shortfall in state sales tax funding, has caused the school system to put some spending plans on hold.

  • Students train to teach others about safe driving

        In 2012 Bedford County had more driving fatalities—20—than any other locality in this region. Four of those were teenagers; a fifth was killed in a Franklin County accident.

  • Boxwoods removed at Poplar Forest

        Finding Thomas Jefferson’s driveway wasn’t what Poplar Forest archaeologists were looking for when they dug up the boxwoods in front of the building. They were actually looking for a bed of roses.

  • School Board settles on maintenance projects

        With $1 million approved by the Board of Supervisors for maintenance projects this year, the Bedford County School Board made a priority list of just what projects the school system will seek to complete this year.

  • Early College gets thumbs up

    Surveys taken of parents whose children went through the Early College program at Central Virginia Community College’s Bedford Center indicate that they are happy with the program, according to Patrick Gatti, the Center’s director.
        The survey covered the parents of two graduating classes. Fifty percent of the parents of the 2011 graduating class responded; 36 percent responded from the 2012 graduating class.

  • What should we build?

        It will likely be an uphill battle trying to convince the Board of Supervisors to ante up funding for construction of a new high school instead of a new middle school. But the Bedford County School Board will at least float the issue to the supervisors before the construction project gets too far down the road.

  • Class of '14 seeks help of LHS alumni to raise funds for sign

        The Liberty High School class of 2014 began collecting dollar bills from alumni last Friday.

  • Bedford Area Educational Foundation supports local schools

        The Bedford Area Educational Foundation held a breakfast, Thursday morning, to thank 15 area businesses for their support of the Foundation’s work.
        The Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, was formed 10 years ago to raise money for special classroom projects that are not funded  by taxpayer dollars. So far the organization has made 200 grants, in response to teacher requests, providing $217,000 for classroom projects. Those have included  a greenhouse, a math tutoring initiative and classroom technology.

  • 1 + 1 = Trouble

        With five Bedford County schools now accredited with warning for two straight years, the urgency to find a fix continues to increase.
        One more year could bring even more trouble.
        Overall, only nine of Bedford County's 21 schools are now fully accredited. After the numbers were crunched from last year's Standards of Learning testing, school officials have been busy implementing new strategies to help students get their scores up this year.
        Especially in math.