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Education

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New middle school set to open

        To say Liberty Middle School Principal Dr. Shawn Trosper is just looking forward to school opening would be a vast understatement.

  • Whitehurst files charges with EEOC

        Dr Cherie Whithurst has filed charges against Bedford County Public Schools with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that she was the victim of discrimination on account of her sex.

  • Cutler: 'I thought I had seen everything'

        The Bedford County School Board heard from Jim Cutler, Dr. Cherie Whitehurst’s father, during Thursday night’s meeting. He spoke about the demotion the school board voted to give his daughter at its previous meeting.
        Cutler taught in Bedford County Public Schools for 45 years. He was Liberty High School’s head baseball coach for 40 years. In 2001, Cutler was inducted into the Virginia High School League’s hall of fame.

  • YMCA program serves 100 children

    By Mary Jo Boone
    Director
    Bedford Area Family YMCA

        The Bedford Area Family YMCA, in collaboration with Bedford Elementary School and Montvale Elementary School as well as with YMCA of the USA and BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) are providing the Summer Power Scholar Academy for the second year in a row.

  • Whitehurst demoted by board

        After a closed-door meeting that ran until nearly midnight, Thursday, the school board voted 4-3 to remove Dr. Cherie Whitehurst from the position of assistant superintendent and offer her a contract as an instructional coach assigned to the school division’s central office.

        Dr. Whitehurst has held the assistant superintendent post since 2009. District 1 school board member Richard Downey, District 6 school board member Susan Kirby and District 7 school board member Martin Leamy cast the dissenting votes.

  • School board calls special meeting

        The Bedford County School Board will hold a special called meeting this Thursday, June 21, to consider personnel and legal matters.

        The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the School Board Office Conference Room. There will be a public comment time.