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Education

  • School board adopts budget, approves FMS project contract

    Most school staff in Bedford County Public Schools will receive a 4 percent raise next year as a result of action taken by the Bedford County School Board at a special called meeting last Wednesday.
        The School Board approved its budget for the 2019-20 school year during that meeting on a 5-2 vote. Board members Martin Leamy and Susan Kirby voted against the budget. The two have been critical of the school system’s adoption of a personalized learning approach to teaching.

  • School board makes major decisions

    The Bedford County School Board approved its budget for the 2019-20 school year during a special called meeting on May 1, 2019. Highlights of the budget include accelerating the district’s 1:1 device initiative so that all learners in Grades 6-12 will be issued a Chromebook next school year. Additionally, most Bedford County teachers and support staff will receive a 4% salary increase, and there will be no increases to employee health insurance premiums.

  • Principal rides tricycle to keep pledge

        The PTA at Otter River Elementary School exceeded its goal in a fundraiser for the school’s benefit and Andy Greenough, the principal, kept a pledge that he made if they did. He spent an entire day last week riding about the school on a tricycle.

        The PTA had a $6,000 goal and raised $8,200.  Donations came in from 19 states and three foreign countries. The foreign donations came from Canada and Australia.
        How did that work?

  • Teacher of the Year

        Amy Mallow, a Huddleston Elementary School teacher, has been named Bedford County’s Teacher of the Year. Mallow teaches second grade.

        “I love what I do,” said Mallow.

  • Learning about WWII

        Moneta Elementary School’s after school program, paid for by a federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, seeks to provide enrichment activities for children after school. Along with assisting kids with homework, the program partners with organizations in the community. One of those community partners is the National D-Day Memorial.

  • School board wrestles with decision on flag ban

        Vowing to return until the Confederate flag is banned from being flown or worn on school property, several speakers called on the Bedford County School Board to take action to ban the flag.

  • A story to tell

        The National D-Day Memorial has another hero’s story to tell.

  • Dills steps down as LHS principal

        Liberty High School Principal Dr. Kathleen Dills has stepped down from her position at the school, effective immediately, according to an announcement on the school’s website last week.

        She will not be returning to Liberty High School this school year. Her resignation takes effect the end of June.

  • Scans will bring Memorial to those who can’t visit

        Dr. Bermard Means, of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Virtual  Curation Lab, came to the National D-Day Memorial last week to do 3-D scans of some of the sculptures.

        He concentrated on the three beach sculptures because the bright sunlight made scanning difficult. Memorial staff had to pitch a tent to shadow the sculptures so he could scan them. Dr. Means said he plans to scan more after Veterans Day and will come at night to do it.

  • School division hires recruitment and retention director

        Ken Thacker, of VMDO Architects, gave the school board an update on the planning process for Forest Middle School’s expansion.
        A major part of his presentation concerned a barrier at the end of a courtyard in the new school. The courtyard will be surrounded by the school on three sides and the barrier will close the open end.
        One option called for tall pickets and a second option called for a metal wall with slots in it. A third option was a masonry wall. The school board went for the masonry wall.