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Education

  • 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. 

  • Arming teachers

        The school shooting in Florida has, among other things, brought attention to the debate about whether teachers should be allowed to carry concealed firearms in school.
        Currently, it is illegal under Virginia law to carry a firearm into a school, although law enforcement officers, such as school resource officers, may have firearms in a school building.
        Locally, some officials believe teachers should be allowed to carry firearms.

  • Are you smarter than a fifth grader?

    By Foster Garrett
    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        On Thursday, Feb. 15, the Roanoke Times and Scripps hosted the district spelling bee at Liberty High School.
        The contest consisted of 15 contestants from all middle and elementary schools in Bedford County, ranging from grades three through eight.

  • STEAM-ing ahead

    By Foster Garrett

  • Grant provides after school activities

        A federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant is providing a safe place for Moneta Elementary School students to productively spend time after school while waiting for parents to get off from work.

        The program, which has had an average of 60 children each day, is a Monday through Thursday  program that runs from 2:30-5 p.m.
        “This is an educational place for them to be while their parents are working,” Kathy Smith, the site coordinator for the school said.

  • School projects moving along on time

        Work on Liberty Middle School and the new Liberty High School gym is going well, according to Eddie Brown, of M. B. Kahn, the company overseeing the project.
        “The schedule on both projects is in good shape,” Brown told the school board, Thursday night.