BEDFORD COUNTY’S 2021-22 school year was a success, as each school took the time to ensure the highest quality of education for its students. One of the many exciting things about being a part of the Bedford County School District (BCSD) is that each student is prepared for that next step, no matter their school.
We began the school year with Cascade High School implementing the successful ACT retake day. ACT scores are a determining factor in the college acceptance process. Students were given a second chance at ACT success by retaking it for a better score.
Bedford County Virtual School (BCVS) has championed online learning by creating a safe, creative, and interactive space for online learners. BCVS has been instrumental in providing outstanding academic resources for its students and following protocol to withstand the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The county has made numerous extensions, including creating extra classroom space for students. The BCSD invested over $8 million in improving students’ learning conditions during the pandemic. The district received the Best for All District award, a tremendous achievement this past year, because of their strategic spending.
The Career & Technical Education annex has been nothing short of excellent as 10 students from Kim Shatley’s Information Technology program earned Web Design Certifications this past school year. Students had to score in the 80th percentile or higher to pass the certification exam.
Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles student Jesus Hernandez received an Industrial Maintenance scholarship to Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Shelbyville, for 22 months. Nissan provided the scholarship, and he will begin the program in the fall of 2022.
The county continues to inspire young adults to become productive members of the community through hands-on experience. Sixteen Shelbyville Central High School seniors from Mr. Blevins’ marketing education program participated in the Work- Based Learning program this past school year. The students gained real-world experience by job shadowing and participating in part-time jobs.
Bedford County Youth Leadership had a successful annual State Government Day trip in the spring. They toured the Capitol and talked with state leadership to learn more about working in state government. Bedford County Learning Academy (BCLA) put on a successful first field day in May 2022. The field day helped encourage the students and was one of many ways the teachers expressed their love and appreciation for them during the 2021-22 school year. Leadership hopes that it is the first of many exciting events for BCLA. Bedford County Schools hope to make the upcoming school year even more successful than the previous year.
Community High School will begin the 2022-23 school year with a series of exciting sports games. The golf, volleyball, and soccer seasons start in August.
The school board has approved a capital improvement plan for the next 10 years. The improvements will include HVAC system replacements, roof repairs, renovation of older schools, auditorium renovations, upgraded athletic facilities, and system life cycle schedules, among many other improvements. We are looking forward to another outstanding school year. GN