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Education

  • JF, LHS to get new principals

    back in August, Liberty and Jefferson Forest high schools will have new principals.    Current LHS Principal Tim Overstreet and JF Principal Tony Francis are moving to the Bedford County Public School system’s central office staff, the result of action taken during the school board’s meeting last Thursday.

  • Thaxton gathers support

        While discussing the closing of Thaxton Elementary School wasn’t on the agenda for Thursday night’s Bedford County School Board meeting, several residents let it be known where they stand on the issue.

  • Restructuring underway

    The central office of Bedford County Public Schools will have some new faces and new titles this month as a result of action taken by the school board the past several meetings.
        As part of its effort to follow through with recommendations made in the state-mandated school efficiency study, the school board has voted to reorganize the central office staff structure to make it more in line with what the study suggested.

  • LC honors local caregiver

        Since helping take care of her great-grandmother as a child, Amanda Garraghty Brown knew her calling in life.

        And she does it very well.
        Each year the Beard Center on Aging at Lynchburg College recognizes professionals who have promoted positive aging in our community at its annual conference on aging in June.
        This year, Brown, a Bedford County native, was the recipient of the “Professional Caregiver of the Year” award.

  • School budget OK'd

        There will be fewer teachers, larger class sizes and lower take-home pay.
        Maintenance will go unfunded, math specialists won’t be hired and the ninth grade class won’t be carrying their textbooks to school in a tablet.
        The 2014-2015 budget for Bedford County Public Schools is now adopted and it’s far less than what the school board had hoped to be able to spend.

  • Board votes to close Body Camp Elementary in one year

        They’ll do their best to make it a year to remember.
        Those were the first thoughts from staff and parents of students from Body Camp Elementary who will have one more year at the school before it closes.

  • School Board to discuss school closings Thurs.

        They’ve toured the schools; they’ve listened to hours of comments from the public.

        They’ve had phone calls and emails.
        They’ve seen the signs; they’ve answered questions from the media.
        Now, it’s time to decide—maybe.

  • Area residents speak out

        An occasionally angry crowd of parents filled the auditorium at Staunton River High School for a public hearing held so they could voice their opinions on the possibility of closing an elementary school in the Staunton River attendance zone.
        “This is an information hearing,” said School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler as he opened the public hearing. Hostutler said the school  board  was  there  to gather public input and would not answer questions at that time.

  • Woodson humbled by teaching honor

        When Debra Woodson was named Bedford County’s Teacher of the Year, it was as if her entire educational career passed before her eyes.

        “It was very exciting,” she said of the announcement made at a banquet earlier this month. “I never expected it in a million years. I was just so surprised.”

  • Vote to delay school closing issue failed

        A request to delay a decision on closing either Moneta Elementary School or Body Camp Elementary school failed on two separate votes Thursday night during a meeting of the Bedford County School Board.