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Education

  • It’s been like home

        For Rhetta Watkins, Bedford Middle School has been home.

        And as she thinks of retiring, it isn’t always easy.
        “I have been blessed,” she said of her 20 years as principal at BMS. “It’s bitter sweet (to leave).”

  • School Board adopts revised budget

        The Bedford County School Board adopted its budget for the 2018-2019 school year at a special called meeting Thursday evening. During the meeting school board members trimmed the budget to fit within the state and local funding it expects to receive.
        This was not a budget cut. The $104.4 million budget still represents a $2 million increase over last year’s budget. It doesn’t reflect a reduction of funding from the board of supervisors, either. The local transfer is .3 percent higher than last year.

  • New principals

        Three Bedford County elementary schools will have new principals next year.
        During Thursday’s Bedford County School Board meeting, School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch announced the changes that had been approved by the board earlier that evening.

    Otter River Elementary

  • SAC speaks

        Bedford County School Board members heard at their meeting Thursday from students about what is important to them and also passed updates to its wellness policy that address new food-in-the-classroom regulations that restrict the types of food that can be sold during the school day and how many parties classrooms are able to have during the school year.

  • LHS Jazz Ensemble to present dinner and cafe

    By Foster Garrett
    Intern writer

        Just around the corner is the Liberty High School jazz ensemble’s 6th annual dinner and cafe, and those within the LHS community are highly encouraged to come out on Saturday, May 5, to take part in an evening alight with music and fare.
        Hosted by the Band Boosters, the event will take place in the LHS cafeteria and will feature a silent auction, delicious cuisine and jazz music put on by the band.

  • TOY finalists

        In addition to Mona Kanode, two other educators from Bedford County Public Schools were designated as finalists for Teacher of the Year: Suzanne Coleman and Lisa Elliott.
        Suzanne Coleman has been teaching at Boonsboro Elementary since 2001. This year she is working in a coaching role as the math specialist for the building. She has enjoyed working with students of all grade levels this year.

  • DeLong wins VEA Award for Teaching Excellence

        Bedford County Education Association President Crystal DeLong, social studies teacher at Liberty High School, has received the 2018-2019 Virginia Education Association Award for Teaching Excellence. 
        This is the highest award VEA offers for teaching excellence in the Commonwealth. The winner earns $500 and becomes Virginia’s nominee for the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.

  • Kanode named Teacher of the Year

        Big Island Elementary’s Mona Kanode wears many hats.

        She serves as the school’s guidance counselor, media specialist and principal’s designee.
        Now she has another hat to wear: Bedford County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, 2019.
        The honor was announced last Thursday at a banquet. Kanode had previously been designated as one of three finalists for the honor.

  • LMS work moves ahead

        According to Eddie Brown, of M. B. Kahn, Liberty Middle School is now between 80 and 85 percent complete. Brown briefed the school board at their Thursday evening meeting,
        “The inside of the building is really looking good,” he said.
        Brown expects the building to be open on schedule. At this stage, while weather can interrupt work   on   the ball  fields, it cannot disrupt interior work on the school, itself.

  • Trosper to be 1st principal of Liberty Middle School

        The first principal of Liberty Middle School, when it opens in August, has been named.

        Dr. Shawn Trosper will be the first-ever principal of the school. Rhetta Watkins, principal of Bedford Middle School, will be retiring at the end of the school year.
         Dr. Trosper has been employed by Bedford County Schools since 2006 and has served as principal of Moneta Elementary School since 2016. While at Moneta Elementary he has helped lead that school to full accreditation status.