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Education

  • Schools end fiscal year in the black

        The Bedford County School Board got some good news at its Thursday night meeting.
         According to Randy Hagler, the school division’s chief financial officer, the school division ended the last fiscal year $503,000 in the black. Hagler said this came about because the school division received $310,000 more in revenue than anticipated, while expenditures were $193,000 below what was budgeted. Hagler said the supervisors will be asked to re-appropriate this money to the school division’s maintenance fund.

  • Rocket science

        The Bedford Central Library’s last Wacky Wednesday, a part of the library’s summer reading program, soared to new heights last week. The children got to design, build and launch their own rockets.

        “We put a little science with our art today,” said Lauren Harper, the youth services librarian.

  • Maybe there’s enough

        “It’s not as much money as we expected but it’s certainly a doable amount,” Bill Cram, an M. B. Kahn representative told the school board at a special called meeting last week.
        Kahn is the company the school board hired to oversee the construction of the new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone.

  • Hostutler: $38M might not be enough

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted, last week, to set a maximum price tag of $38 million on the construction of a new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone.

  • Closed schools declared surplus

        The school board unanimously voted, with no discussion, to declare Body Camp Elementary School and Thaxton Elementary School surplus and turn them over to the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. The resolution declares them surplus effective Aug. 1.

  • With the year over, reality begins to set in for 2 community schools

    Even as the Bedford County School Board was preparing to vacate Body Camp and Thaxton elementary schools this past week, supporters of those schools were still hoping for a change of heart.

        Several residents of the Thaxton community made pleas to the board to not close their school, during public comment time at Thursday’s meeting.
        But the pleas appear to be in vain.

  • School board chairman says delay costing money

        Bedford County School Board chairman Gary Hostutler believes the supervisors could be costing Bedford County taxpayers millions of dollars by delaying construction of the new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone.

  • Advance Auto Parts helps BSTC fulfill its mission

        Mark Mathia, who teaches the automotive technology program at Bedford Science and Technology Center, wants to make sure his shop provides a realistic work environment for his students.

         Some major donations from Advance Auto Parts are helping him reach that goal.
        “For me, it means keeping this shop updated to the absolute latest equipment,” Mathia said.

  • After 40 years, school bids teacher goodbye

        Patricia Hogue wasn’t the only one reaching for tissues when the staff and children of Otter River Elementary School surprised her with a special assembly Tuesday morning.

        Her fellow teachers could be seen dabbing their eyes.
        Hogue is retiring at the end of this year after 40 years as an elementary school teacher. Her entire career was spent in Bedford County Public Schools — the last 35  at Otter River Elementary.

  • Downey to seek 2nd term

        District 1 school board member Richard Downey has decided to seek reelection to the school board. Downey was first elected in 2011.