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Education

  • Board lowers some fees to use school facilities

    hasn’t been used in prior years.
        Rhonda Ellis has had children in the program at Moneta Elementary and stated both benefited from it. “A student’s positive start with preschool is so important,” Ellis said, adding that the staff at Moneta Elementary “lovingly care for the children as if they were their own.”
        Jessica Chattin also spoke in favor of funding for the program at Moneta Elementary, noting the number of students who wouldn’t have access to the program if funding is cut.

  • Digital classrooms gain traction

        A group of eighth graders from Bedford County’s three middle schools have been living “in the clouds” this school year—but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been learning.
        In fact, the consensus seems to be that digital learning is the future for the students of tomorrow and that tomorrow is closer than we think.
        “I love it,” stated Bedford Middle School eighth grade math teacher Dorothy Roach. “I wish all my kids had computers (for school).”

  • SES sees big results

        When Susan Mele arrived as principal at Stewartsville Elementary, the majority of her day was taken up dealing with discipline issues at the school.

  • New school will be major topic at meeting

        Steps to constructing a new secondary school in the Liberty Zone continue to fall into place, but the biggest question—just what kind of school will be built—still has to be answered.
        Members of the Bedford County School Board are hoping that a meeting next Thursday, Jan. 30, with members of the board of supervisors will bring clarification to that question.

  • JFHS student marches with All-American band

        Amanda Arnold, a Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) senior, was selected for a special honor for high school band students.  She was one of 125 high school band students from all over the United States chosen for the US Army All-American High School Marching Band.

  • JF band director receives national honor

        Jefferson Forest High School band director David Webb got a big pre-Christmas present at the end of last year—he was named a John Philip Sousa Legion of Honor Laureate.

        The John Philip Sousa Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the promotion of international understanding through the medium of band music, according to the Foundation’s website. Webb said that the Foundation annually inducts between six and eight high school band directors from across the United States into its Legion of Honor.

  • Schools to open on two hour delay tomorrow

    Bedford County Public Schools spokesman Ryan Edwards announced that the county's schools will open on a two hour delay Wednesday morning. The decision was made due to forecasts of low overnight temperatures and high winds.

  • School canceled Tuesday

    Bedford County Public schools will be closed Tuesday due to low temperatures and high winds.

     

    “We don't want kids at bus stops,” said Ryan Edwards, the school division's spokesman.

    Edwards said the weather forecast calls for temperatures to drop down to two degrees with 30 mph winds. This would produce of wind chill of minus 15 degrees.

  • Board looks at facility fees

        The D-Day Memorial Foundation, law enforcement and fire and rescue departments will likely receive some sort of break from having to pay to use one of Bedford County’s schools for a function.
        During last Thursday’s School Board meeting, members discussed the facilities use policy and heard from a representative of the D-Day Memorial Foundation requesting an exemption to mirror its partnership with the city of Bedford, prior to reversion.

  • Helping one of their own

        Goodview Elementary School is helping one of its own, a family that has taken a double-barreled hit.