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Education

  • Students bring Confederate flags to JFHS during Spirit Week activities; controversy erupts on social media

        After having several Jefferson Forest High School students pose with a Confederate flag during Spirit Week activities last week, the Bedford County School Board will address the issue during its upcoming meeting on Feb. 21.

  • Mr. and Miss Liberty

        Liberty High School will hold its third annual Mr. and Miss Liberty pageant Saturday.

  • Project based learning

        Sixth grade teachers at Staunton River Middle School gave their students a challenge. Each student had to choose a famous person and do research on that person. They were graded in history, reading and writing on their projects.

  • FMS project moves ahead

        The Bedford County School Board voted Thursday to reappoint Julie Bennington as board chair and Jason Johnson as vice chair for the upcoming year.
        Both votes at the organizational meeting of the board were 5-1 in favor of those appointments.
        Bennington, Johnson, Marcus Hill, John Hicks and Richard Downey voted in favor of Bennington’s and Johnson’s appointments while Martin Leamy voted in favor of Susan Kirby. Kirby was not present when the vote was taken.

  • Students give intro to music

        A group of Staunton River High School students, and three recent graduates, showed up at Moneta Elementary School recently in an effort to get students interested in musical instruments.

  • 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.