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Education

  • 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

     

  • School board discusses rising cost of FMS project

        After a work session in which the Bedford County School Board listened to a lengthy presentation on personalized learning, the school board took on the issue of an increase in the projected cost of the Forest Middle School (FMS) expansion.
        Kenneth Thacker spoke to the school board about the cost increase. Thacker represented VMDO Architects, the firm hired to handle the expansion project. Thacker had spoken, Monday evening, to the board of supervisors about the cost increase.

  • Local students do well on SOLs

        The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has issued its Standards of Learning (SOL) scores and Dr. Karen Woodford, the school division’s chief learning officer, is pleased with the results.
        All 19 of Bedford County’s schools are now fully accredited. The final word on that won’t be out until September, but at this point all appear to be in line for that accreditation. Last year, one school was not fully accredited.

  • Town hall will have a fountain again

    The small concrete structure in front of Bedford’s town hall was originally a fountain.     
    For a number of years it has been filled with dirt and one of the area garden clubs maintained it as a flower bed. Like many local civic organizations, the club’s membership is getting old and they are no longer able to do it.
        The town is now faced with the decision of what to do with it and Deputy Town Manager Sonia Jammes has suggested restoring it to service as a fountain.