• Cuts school board members agree on so far

    • Closing Bedford Primary School, moving those students to Bedford Elementary and the sixth graders from that school to Bedford Middle School. Potential savings: $530,000.

        • Maintaining the current staffing standards, eliminating 23 positions. Potential savings: $1.17 million.

        • Eliminate B-Team sports at the middle schools. Potential savings: $56,000.

  • With fewer dollars to spend, School Board considers where money can be saved

    Eighth graders won't be moved to Jefferson Forest and Liberty High School next year, but other major changes to save money and balance the school budget appear to be coming.

        Among the possibilities gaining momentum from the Bedford County School Board:
        • Closing Bedford Primary School, moving those students to Bedford Elementary and the sixth graders from that school to Bedford Middle School;
        • Maintaining the current staffing standards, eliminating 23 positions;

  • New start times for students

    Bedford County students will have new start times for their school day next year.

        The Bedford County School Board, on a 5-3 vote at its regular meeting Thursday night, adopted a measure that will reduce school bus costs by $360,000 next year. The plan calls for school starting times to be staggered with elementary schools starting at 7:55 a.m. and the high schools and middle schools starting an hour later. This will allow the school division to use fewer buses to transport students to and from school.

  • Major changes considered by school board

    It’s all on the table.

        That’s the comment Bedford County School Board chairwoman Debbie Hoback said of the potential actions the board might have to take to make up for as much as $5.8 million in lost school funding and additional spending mandates from the state and federal government next year.

  • Montvale student wins County Spelling Bee

    For eight rounds Rhiannon Cire of Montvale Elementary and Brandi Mitchell of Forest Middle School squared off against one another in last Thursday’s Bedford County Spelling Bee.

        Seventeen students from the county’s middle and elementary schools had started in the contest, but by the seventh round it was down to those final two.

  • Board considers having security at meetings

    With recent acts of violence toward public officials making national news, Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch asked members of the school board Thursday if they would like to start having security present at their meetings.

        “A lot of boards are doing this, just as a precautionary presence,” Dr. Schuch told the board. “I feel safe here and always have.”

  • Bedford County Public Schools stands to lose millions in state funding

    Dealing with the next fiscal year’s budget is set to take center stage for the Bedford County School Board and two speakers at last Thursday’s meeting urged the board to consider teacher salaries when crafting the 2011-2012 spending plan.

        Kristina Karnes, a Staunton River Middle School teacher, told board members that while she didn’t envy the job before them in crafting the budget, she said they need to consider giving teachers a raise, because they’ve gone several years without one.

  • Board looks at staggering start time of schools

    In an effort to save money, the Bedford County School Board is considering altering the start times of schools next year, allowing some buses to double up on the routes they run each day.

        Under the proposal being considered, elementary schools would start about 30 minutes earlier (7:55 a.m.) than the current school day which begins at 8:25 a.m. The day would end at 2:35 p.m.; the current day ends at 3:05 p.m.

  • BSTC students see top fuel dragsters

    What’s it like to stand near an 8,000 horsepower engine when it starts up?

  • County teachers visit China

    Two Bedford County teachers were able to spend a week in China last month. They hope they’ll be able to use what they learned to help their students.

        The opportunity came through an invitation from the Office of Chinese Language Council International’s North American office, located in Vancouver, Canada. Though the session was intended for teachers of Chinese language, Ashlie Hirschman and Rhonda Luckie were still invited to attend even though they do not teach Chinese. They are both still in the process of learning the language.