• 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.

  • JFHS claims academic Wells Fargo Cup

        For the first time in the school’s history, Jefferson Forest High School won the 2017-18 Wells Fargo Cup race for year-long academic activities success.

        Spurred on by its Film Fest teams and other academic groups, JF took top honors in the 4A group.
        “It’s a combination for the points for the entire year,” stated JF Principal Lee Ann Calvert. “I was thrilled (for the school) to win this. It’s huge.”

  • County has new extenstion agent

        Maribeth Martin has the best of both worlds. As the new 4-H Extension Agent in Bedford, she is able to combine her love for education with her love for 4-H.

        As an extension agent, Martin will be working with children and youth ages 5 to 8 in the Cloverbud program and 9-18 in the Junior Youth Program.

  • Johnson responds to residency questions

        Since voting to reassign Dr. Cherie Whitehurst from deputy superintendent to instructional coach, District 2 School Board member Jason Johnson’s residency status has come under fire by some supporting Dr. Whitehurst.

  • Two retired principals criticize Dr. Schuch over question

        Two former principals, both of whom retired this year and both of whom are African-American and female, criticized Dr. Douglas Schuch,  the superintendent of schools, for a question he asked this spring when interviewing a candidate to replace one of them.
        Their comments were made during public comment time at last Thursday’s meeting of the Bedford County School Board.

  • Pack the bus

        A soggy Friday didn’t put a damper on the school division’s annual Pack-a-Bus event.

        “We packed it full,” commented Sara Staton, the school division’s director of special services.
        The event, held at Bedford’s Walmart, began at 1 p.m. and ran until 7 p.m. By 5 p.m., all the bus seats had school supplies on them and there was a stack in the back. Donations were still coming in.