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Education

  • School board adopts budget, approves FMS project contract

    Most school staff in Bedford County Public Schools will receive a 4 percent raise next year as a result of action taken by the Bedford County School Board at a special called meeting last Wednesday.
        The School Board approved its budget for the 2019-20 school year during that meeting on a 5-2 vote. Board members Martin Leamy and Susan Kirby voted against the budget. The two have been critical of the school system’s adoption of a personalized learning approach to teaching.

  • Bios on new BCPS administrative appointments

    The following administrative appointments have been approved by the Bedford County School Board. They will formally be recognized during Thursday night's regularly scheduled meeting.

     

    JeanMarie Johnston

  • School board adopts dress code

        Thursday night, the Bedford County School Board adopted, on a 5-2 vote, a new student dress code.  The code prohibits the following types of attire:
        1.) Attire that has language or images that are offensive, profane or vulgar.
        2.) Attire that has language or images that promote illegal conduct, violence or the use of drugs or alcohol.
        3.) Attire that causes or is reasonably likely to cause a substantial disruption to the learning environment.

  • Schuch named VASS president

        Bedford County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch is looking forward to helping new superintendents throughout the commonwealth in his new role as president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS).
        Dr. Schuch called it “humbling” that       his peers would elect him to serve in this capacity of leadership.

  • School board makes major decisions

    The Bedford County School Board approved its budget for the 2019-20 school year during a special called meeting on May 1, 2019. Highlights of the budget include accelerating the district’s 1:1 device initiative so that all learners in Grades 6-12 will be issued a Chromebook next school year. Additionally, most Bedford County teachers and support staff will receive a 4% salary increase, and there will be no increases to employee health insurance premiums.

  • Principal rides tricycle to keep pledge

        The PTA at Otter River Elementary School exceeded its goal in a fundraiser for the school’s benefit and Andy Greenough, the principal, kept a pledge that he made if they did. He spent an entire day last week riding about the school on a tricycle.

        The PTA had a $6,000 goal and raised $8,200.  Donations came in from 19 states and three foreign countries. The foreign donations came from Canada and Australia.
        How did that work?

  • Teacher of the Year

        Amy Mallow, a Huddleston Elementary School teacher, has been named Bedford County’s Teacher of the Year. Mallow teaches second grade.

        “I love what I do,” said Mallow.

  • Learning about WWII

        Moneta Elementary School’s after school program, paid for by a federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, seeks to provide enrichment activities for children after school. Along with assisting kids with homework, the program partners with organizations in the community. One of those community partners is the National D-Day Memorial.

  • School board wrestles with decision on flag ban

        Vowing to return until the Confederate flag is banned from being flown or worn on school property, several speakers called on the Bedford County School Board to take action to ban the flag.

  • A story to tell

        The National D-Day Memorial has another hero’s story to tell.