• Bus trip gone bad leads school division to look at charter use

    A recent Liberty High School band bus trip to Orlando, Fla., might lead the school division to begin studying charter bus companies and their track records, allowing only a select few to be used for future trips.

  • Donation brings archery program to local schools

        A donation by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has made it possible to add archery to the physical education program at Moneta Elementary School and Staunton River Middle School.

  • Liberty teacher honored for work with students

        Liberty High School teacher Jeff Steele had the opportunity in graduate school to learn the virtues of education while serving as a teaching assistant.

  • Harrison honored at assembly

    Exxon Mobil has a vested interest in making sure America’s youth are well vested in math and science, according to Bob Ball, the company’s external affairs manager for the southeastern part of the United States. A local student helped put a face on that effort last month.

        “We hire a lot of scientists, mathematicians and engineers,” Ball commented at an assembly at Liberty High School last week.

  • What changed Thursday in the school budget?

    By  a 6-2 vote, the Bedford County School Board approved an amended 2011-2012 Budget Thursday, following a $1.1 million funding reduction from Bedford County.

        Areas where the board agreed to reduce funding included:
        • More than $760,000 moved from the Maintenance Project Fund;
        • $250,000 cut from the Title 1 program;
        • $200,000 cut from the Blended Learning program;

  • Bedford Primary School to remain open

    In a surprising turn of events, the Bedford County School Board voted Thursday to keep Bedford Primary School open. The school will house pre-school, kindergarten and first grade next year with only the second grade moving to Bedford Elementary School.

        Controversy has surrounded the school budget ever since the School Board proposed closing the school early this year. The School Board and Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch have been at odds with the County Board of Supervisors, parents of students at BPS and even, at times, with each other.

  • Bedford Primary to remain open this year

    In a surprising turn of events, Bedford County's school board voted to keep Bedford Primary School open. The school will house pre-school, kindergarten and first grade with only the second grade moving to Bedford Elementary School.

  • School board to keep Bedford Primary open, sort of

    Bedford County's school board is sticking with a plan to move the K-2 students from Bedford Primary School to Bedford Elementary School.

    A Tuesday night called work session of the school board began with a lengthy closed door session. When they emerged, School Board Chairman Debbie Hoback announced that the consensus of the school board was to keep Bedford Primary school open. However, it's not going to be kept open as a primary school. It will only be used for an existing pre-school program there.

  • Some lucky student may win this car

        Vickey Duncan and Melissa Merritt, leaders with the Liberty High School PTSA, were at the school Friday showing off a car that one student might just drive home later this year.

        The catch? Only students who attend this year’s After-Prom party at the school will have a chance to qualify to win.

  • What’s next for the School Board?

        Facing a $1.1 million cut from its approved budget, School Board Chairman Debbie Hoback said, in a phone interview Tuesday, that the board will use the same procedure it has used in the past when it did not get as much funding as anticipated.

        This involves looking at items that the board has already considered and deciding what it can do to get the numbers down. The board will have to cut its budget to match the funding from the county.
        “I think we will be able to get it done,” she said.