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  • NBC School District to Return to Face-to-Face Instruction on Monday, Oct. 19

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|Oct 8, 2020

    The Northern Bedford County School District Board on Tuesday, Oct. 13, voted to return to a more traditional face-to-face model of education. This decision came in a 6 to 3 vote by board members after much discussion by members of the board, faculty, students and community. Both sides of the issue presented their cases for why students should or should not return full time. Brett Keith, a chorus teacher at NBC, spoke as a parent of children who attend NBC and expressed his concern that a return... Full story

  • NB Board Revises Custodial Job Description

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|Sep 17, 2020

    The Northern Bedford County School District Board met Tuesday, Sept. 8, to discuss monthly school business. As part of this meeting much discussion was given to a number of issues. One such topic was the revision of a custodial job description. Changes were made in the number of days that the person(s) who will fill this position will work. The current job description will include 260 days as opposed to the previous 206 days. In light of current health conditions, the board moved to make an additional custodial position available. The hope is...

  • Northern Bedford Schools Pushes Start Date to Sept. 14

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|Aug 20, 2020

    The Northern Bedford School Board met to discuss monthly business issues on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. The meeting was held in the school's auditorium and participants were able to choose attending either in person or via Zoom. In-person participants were limited to 10 persons in an effort to practice social distancing. The school board moved to approve changes to the 2020-21 school calendar. As part of those changes the first day of school will be Sept. 14, 2020, with teachers returning Sept. 9, 2...

  • Northern Bedford County Schools Plans Outdoor Graduation Ceremony

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|Jun 25, 2020

    The Northern Bedford County School District Board met Tuesday, June 16, for an in-person meeting. The board had several items of importance to discuss including approval of the 2020-21 school year calendar as well as the budget for the upcoming school year. The final general fund budget for 2020-21 was approved in the amount of $14,157,564. Revenues for the same year are expected to be $13,574,535. This will mean the school will operate with a deficit of $583,029 for the 2020-21 school year. The school board also approved the issuance of a...

  • Northern Bedford County High School Class of 2020

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|Jun 11, 2020

    The Northern Bedford County School District held a virtual pre-recorded graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 28, 2020. The broadcast, viewed on the district's Facebook page and on the Only in the Cove website, featured a commencement video of seniors receiving their diploma from their parents along with prerecorded commencement speeches. Speakers included Ian Sherlock, Allyson Ritchey, Dr. Rick Mearkle and Sarah Bowser. Sherlock gave an enthusiastic welcome, making mention of a speech given by P...

  • Northern Bedford's Preliminary Budget Features No Tax Increase

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|May 21, 2020

    The Northern Bedford School District met Tuesday May 12, via Zoom, a virtual meeting platform. A preliminary general fund budget was discussed and approved during this month’s meeting. The current edition of the 2020-21 budget was created based on expected revenues of $13,614,27 and will have a deficit of $543,037. It was noted that efforts have been made to curb spending given the state of current affairs in particular the impact of COVID-19 on our local economy. It was reported that from the first revision to this last one revenues were r...

  • NBC School District Awards Contracts, Considers Revising Financing

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|Apr 30, 2020

    The April meeting of the Northern Bedford County School District was held virtually on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the school board met via Zoom video communications, an online conferencing platform. This platform allowed school board members and the community to come together to discuss the business of Northern Bedford County Schools without the potential health risks associated with a large gathering of people during the pandemic. During the meeting, a preliminary budget was presented for the 2020-21 school year....

  • Northern Bedford County School Board Hears of Student Projects, Program Awards

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|Mar 19, 2020

    The Northern Bedford County School Board met Tuesday, March 10, to discuss and decide several agenda items. As part of the meeting, the board presented a plaque of recognition to Starla Snyder, the school nurse. Snyder is to receive the South-Central School Nurse Excellence Award March 28 in State College. Nominees for this award were acknowledged by their peers and one apparent reason for Snyder’s receiving this award is due to her ability to remain calm under stressful situations. The school board presented Snyder with a framed plaque and a t...

  • Northern Bedford School Board Accepts Teacher Resignations

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|Feb 20, 2020

    The monthly meeting for the Northern Bedford County School Board was held Tuesday, Feb. 11. Several measures were discussed, including the acceptance of a number of staff resignations and new hires. Among the resignations were Kim Clark as elementary kindergarten teacher and Jerry Berry as the middle/senior high band teacher/director. These resignations were due to retirements and will be effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year. Several school policies were approved for their second and final readings including Professional...

  • Northern Bedford Board Discusses Improvements to Middle/High School Bldg.

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Northern Bedford Correspondent|Feb 6, 2020

    The Northern Bedford Country School Board held a special board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28, to discuss proposed improvements to the middle school/high school building. The meeting was called to order at the usual time of 6 p.m. by the board president, Randy Wiand. There were five measures on the agenda all pertaining to projects needing attention within the school buildings. These measures will give the school administration permission to seek bids for these projects. The focus of discussion...

  • NB School Board Informed of 2019 Surplus Due to Education Grant

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|Jan 23, 2020

    The Northern Bedford School District held a school board meeting Tuesday Jan. 14, 2020, the first meeting of the new year. As part of the meeting, Jeff Koontz of Ritchey, Ritchey & Koontz, Bedford, presented the board members with audit findings for the 2018-19 school year. Koontz explained that there were “no discrepancies” found in the financials for the 2018-19 school year. He also gave a brief explanation of some of the components of the audit. As part of this audit, it was found that the school had a surplus of $598,000, which the sch...

  • Randy Wiand Named NBC Board President

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Northern Bedford Correspondent|Dec 12, 2019

    The school board of Northern Bedford held an election of officers during its regularly scheduled, monthly board meeting on Tuesday, Dec 3. This election was made necessary by recent election results in which David Chisholm was replaced by Chris Cronrath. Chisholm has served on the board of Northern Bedford schools for eight years. Cronrath had previously served on the board for nine years as well. During these officer elections Randy Wiand was voted in as president of the school board by a 6-3 vote. Chris Cronrath was elected vice president...

  • Northern Bedford Parents Raise Concerns about Bus Stop

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|Sep 19, 2019

    A group of concerned parents raised their voices at Northern Bedford School District's Sept. 10 school board meeting. The group represented the parents of Bus 16 students. This route encompasses the Sproul Mountain Road and surrounding area. Bonnie Mussleman spoke to school board members about the concerns she and fellow parents along that route have with a recent revision to the route. As it stands now, the bus driver needs to turn around part way up Sproul Mountain after picking up children wh...

  • N. Bedford Schools Supt. Asks Residents to Speak Up about 'Cyber School' Cost

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|Aug 22, 2019

    Several community members and students attended the August school board meeting of Northern Bedford County School district on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 in the Middle/High school building. Among the numerous items on the agenda, several items had to do with personnel changes. With the new school year about to begin, there were a number of resignations and new hires to approve. Among those who will be missed this year at Northern Bedford will be Karen McKnight, Kayley Twigg, Kathy Lingenfelter, and Jeanette Thomas. Those who will be filling vacant...

  • Fire Destroys New Enterprise Barn

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART|Aug 8, 2019

    Fire ripped through a Bedford County dairy barn on Monday evening. The alarm came in at a little after 7 p.m. and crews arrived to find the barn on the Paul and Janet Snyder farm on Snyder Creek Road, New Enterprise, fully engulfed. Several cows were killed in the blaze and several more had to be euthanized. Fire crews from Martinsburg, Roaring Spring, Saxton and Shawnee Valley assisted the Southern Cove Volunteer Fire Company at the scene.... Full story

  • NBC Board Increases Real Estate Taxes by 3.2 Percent

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|Jul 18, 2019

    The Northern Bedford County School Board met Tuesday, June 18, with the major item on the agenda passage of the 2019-20 budget. According to the approved budget, NBC will be enacting a tax increase of 3.2 percent for the upcoming year. The tax levy for the upcoming year is projected to be collected at a 94 percent rate and will be an assessment of no less than $8.5759 per thousand dollars of a property’s assessed value. This will give the school an anticipated tax revenue of $2,938,826. This amount will be used to cover the school’s def...

  • NB Graduates Challenged to Pursue Dreams and Passions

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|Jun 13, 2019

    The Northern Bedford County High School held commencement services on Thursday, May 30, in the school's auditorium as a result of the poor weather conditions. Music for the evening was provided by the NBC Senior High Band Ensemble, under the direction of Jerry L. Berry. The 55 graduates entered the auditorium to "America the Beautiful" and "Pomp and Circumstance." A welcome was given to all by fellow graduate Alison Ritchey and a very heartfelt address was given by Brittany Ebersole who quoted...

  • Students Recognized By NB School District

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|May 23, 2019

    As the 2018-19 school year begins to wind down at the Northern Bedford County School District, special recognition was given to several students at this month’s board meeting. These students were the recipients of the Presidential Award in Grades 5, 8 and 12. Students who receive this award have worked hard to place themselves in the top 10 percent academically. This year’s Presidential award winners were as follows: Grade 5 – Elisa Camenga, Olivia Helsel, Caitlyn Houp, Madison Lemin, Kasey McElgin, Alyssa Yeatts Grade 8 – Aden Jones, Elizabe...

  • Engineering Class Presents Project to N. Bedford School Board

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|Apr 18, 2019

    The Northern Bedford County School District Board met Tuesday, April 9, for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting. First to speak at the board meeting was Erik Whisker of Everett. Whisker is seeking support for his election bid for the office of Bedford County sheriff. Whisker addressed the board, stating his desire to show his support of local schools. He expressed a desire to work more closely with local schools once elected. Whisker expressed his desire to promote more community involvement from the sheriff’s office, including regular s...

  • NBC School Board Hears Student Parking Fee Proposals

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|Mar 21, 2019

    The school board members of Northern Bedford School District discussed many issues at their March 12 meeting. Ariel Reed, a senior at Northern Bedford, presented a proposal to the school board in relation to the parking permit fees. Reed had conducted a survey of her classmates focusing particularly on those who drove to school. She discussed how the current price of $25 quarterly or $75 annually was to expensive for most students and not in keeping with the socio-economic structure of the community in which they live. Reed proposed that the...

  • Charlie Brown Characters Come to Life

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|Mar 21, 2019

    Northern Bedford High School performed a spectacular rendition of "Your a Good Man, Charlie Brown" March 14-16. If you missed this event you missed a very entertaining evening. Each character was brought to life in a stunning way. Lucy was bossy and head-strong. Charlie Brown was awkward and unsure. Linus carried his faithful blanket while being remarkably wise for someone his age. Sally was her precocious little sister self. Schroder was in love with all things Beethoven and music, and Snoopy...

  • Northern Bedford School Board Learns About STEM Team, FBLA

    CHRISTIE SWEIGART, Correspondent|Jan 24, 2019

    The Northern Bedford county School Board met on Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the middle school/high school building. A student representative spoke to the board highlighting recent events, including the amazing opportunity being given a select group of students on the STEM team. These students have been selected to represent the state of Pennsylvania at a national level competition this spring. FBLA Another group of students addressed the board including, Allison Ritchey, Morgan Robinson and Abby Mickle. Their objective was to describe their involvement...

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