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Education

  • 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.

  • Dr. Schuch receives Region 5 award

        Bedford County School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch has been named Region 5 2017-2018 superintendent of the year.

        The announcement was made Tuesday.
        “It’s an amazing honor,” stated Dr. Schuch Tuesday, minutes after finding out about the honor. “I really think it’s a reflection of our team in the school system.”

  • D-Day Memorial gets new hedgehog

        The National D-Day Memorial got a new hedgehog last week.

        This hedgehog is a full scale reproduction of a German anti-tank trap from World War II. It was designed to stop up to a medium tank.

  • School board adopts budget

        The Bedford County School Board, Thursday night, unanimously adopted a $105.7 million budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
        This budget is 3.1 percent higher than the current budget. The budget asks for an additional $1.2 million in local money, a 3.5 percent increase over the current level of local spending on the schools.

  • Video announces snow day to students

        Snow days for Bedford County Public Schools are becoming a video sensation for students, parents and staff.

        Knowing that a possible snow event could lead to a closing announcement, BCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Edwards went to work to complete a new video announcing that potential free day for Facebook.
        And it’s a hit.

  • Dr. Schuch proposes $105.6M in spending

        Thursday night, Dr. Douglas Schuch, Bedford County’s superintendent of schools, announced his proposal for the school division’s budget.
        The school board will deliberate on his budget this Thursday in a work session at 6 p.m.
        “My hope is that our budget decisions during the next couple of months send a clear message to our community about our commitment to empowering learners for future success,” Dr. Schuch said.

  • New middle school construction going well

    Work on Liberty Middle School is 80 percent complete, according to Eddie Brown, the M. B. Kahn representative overseeing the project. He expects the school to be substantially complete by July 15.

        The good news, according to Donnie Lake, Kahn’s site supervisor, is that the entire school is “dried in.” This means that interior work can continue regardless of the weather.
        “We won’t lose any time on account of rain,” Lake said.

  • The Raider Challenge

        Raider Challenge is an extra curricular activity for Junior ROTC Cadets that promotes physical fitness as well as responsibility and accountability to a team. 
        Schools around the region host them, usually in the fall so the local unit decided to offer a late winter event at the National D-Day Memorial for those that are interested.  Teams consist of eight or nine Cadets.