• Mayor's comments halt budget talks

        Following its regular meeting Thursday night, the Bedford County School Board planned to talk more about the proposed 2011-12 budget. That never happened; comments made by Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp stopped any further discussion in its tracks.

        “I think we need to get more clarification,” stated District 4 board member Gary Hostutler.

  • Early College graduates say program helped them move ahead

        Last year, Bedford County Public Schools cut out funding for the Early College program. This year’s graduating seniors will be the last group to graduate with taxpayer funding.

        The program still exists, however. There are a group of high school juniors now attending, with their parents footing the bill, and the program  is taking applications for a new group of juniors for next year.

  • Doing their homework... and sharing it on Facebook

    You can hand it to the parents of students from Bedford Primary School: They’re doing their homework.

        They’ve come to meetings to challenge a proposal to close the school armed with studies, alternate proposals and even, possibly, a legal loophole.
        They’ve used the tried and true — good old footwork to get hundreds of names on petitions opposing the closure—and new technology to research and spread their message through the social media.

  • Parents speak out about proposal to close BPS

        For the second year in a row parents and students of a school that could potentially be closed by the Bedford County School Board are letting their voices be heard.

  • Students have fun, learn in the process

    “Didn’t you retire?” Dr. Douglas Schuch, Bedford County’s superintendent of schools, said with a laugh as he shook Viola Henry’s hand at Thaxton Elementary School, Thursday.

        Yes, Henry did retire at the end of the last school year, after 34-and-a-half years at Thaxton. Henry, however, continues to oversee the school’s N.E.E.D. team in a volunteer capacity.

  • School Board to hold public hearing on school consolidation

        The Bedford County School Board will take public comments Thursday about the possible consolidation of schools as a result of cuts to next year's budget.

        The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the Bedford Science and Technology Center's auditorium.

  • 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.