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Education

  • Drivers needed

        According to Pat Whorley, the school division’s supervisor of transportation, Bedford County Public Schools is short 12 school bus drivers.

  • County’s JROTC program in jeopardy

        Bedford’s JROTC program risks being cancelled by the Army.
        That’s the word Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Payne brought to the school board Thursday night. Lt. Col. Payne, along with Sergeant Major Lenny Hutton teach the program, which is based at Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC).
        Lt. Col. Payne said JROTC was originally started in 1916 to prepare students for college level ROTC programs. In 1964, its focus changed from preparation to enter the Army to citizenship.

  • Snow Wars takes top award at region conference

        When Ryan Edwards put together the video announcement “Snow Wars,” alerting folks in Bedford County that students would have a day off due to snow, the announcement was well received.

  • FMS design work begins

        Ken Thacker, of VMDO Architects gave the school board an update on the Forest Middle School (FMS) expansion project. VMDO is the firm designing the project.
        The design will accommodate 1,200 students and separate school bus and car traffic. He said it will be ready for the 2020-2021 school year.
        Thacker expects all design work to be done at the end of March. There will then be a four week period for the firm to solicit bids from construction companies.

  • Officially dedicated

        Liberty Middle School was officially dedicated last week.

  • Tech expo scores another success

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce scored another success with its second annual Career & Tech Expo held at Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC) last week.

        The event saw 800 7th graders move through BSTC, in an orderly manner, looking at displays by 40 businesses and schools. Once again, Dewey Gunnoe donated fresh pig lungs for Centra to use at their display to demonstrate how lungs work. Gunnoe, whose business processes sausage, bacon and ham, tends to have pig lungs readily available.

  • A Class-y Gift

        When the Moneta High School Class of 1963, Moneta High School’s last class, held a reunion, they collected money to help out Moneta Elementary School. They collected money and bought two gifts for the school.

        One gift was a touch screen stylus for each student. Kevin Spaulding, Moneta Elementary’s principal, said all students have Chromebook tablet computers. The computers have touch screens and styluses are helpful for students because they can touch a spot on the screen more precisely.

  • Education Foundation highlights its grants to area teachers

        The Bedford Area Education Foundation used its annual breakfast to showcase some of the grants it has made this past year.

  • FMS project will be set at $25.7M

    Last week the Bedford County School Board reached a consensus on a $25.7 million expansion project for Forest Middle School.
        District 6 school board member Susan Kirby was the lone dissenting voice. District 7 school board member Martin Leamy was absent.

  • School board agrees on $29.2M FMS renovation project