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Education

  • Bedford professors teach criminology at LC

        Criminology is rapidly becoming one of the most popular majors at Lynchburg College, and two of the four professors teaching it live in the Thaxton area.

  • Decision delayed

        The Bedford County School Board voted to delay making a decision on whether to close Thaxton Elementary School Thursday. A vote could come by the end of this year, after staff has a chance to craft a plan for where students from that school would be redistricted to attend.

  • School decision could come Thursday

        The first time Thaxton Elementary School faced being closed by the Bedford County School Board, Kelly Harmony helped lead the effort to keep that school open.
        That volunteer effort worked and no schools that year were closed.
        Now Harmony is a member of the school board, but her stance has remained constant; she doesn’t want any community schools to be closed.

  • Don't close our school

        A public hearing, held last week at Liberty High School’s auditorium on the question of whether to close Bedford Primary School or Thaxton Elementary School, was a polite affair. The crowd only filled the front of the auditorium and nearly all the speakers spoke on behalf of Thaxton.
        “We understand what a very difficult decision you have ahead of you,” commented Sarah Mayhew.

  • Making a splash for ALS

        Brenda Nelms apparently believed Body Camp Principal Scott Graham hadn’t gotten wet enough. So she slipped out of her own chair—where she sat as students passed by pouring cups of water on the school’s staff and teachers— filled a blue bucket of her own with ice cold water and poured it over Graham’s head.

  • County SOL math scores improve

        Bedford County students posted significant gains on mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests during the 2013-2014 school year.
        The new tests were first introduced three years ago and students across the state are making gains, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported last week.

  • Decision nears on closing 2nd school

        Bedford County School Board members toured Bedford Primary School and Thaxton Elementary School Thursday evening, accompanied by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Douglas Schuch, Dennis Overstreet, the school division’s superintendent of maintenance, a large crowd of citizens and a sheriff’s deputy who had an easy evening as the crowed was a calm, polite group.

        The goal: Learn more about the schools before deciding which school will be closed next year.

  • School Board to pick second school to close

        Having received more than 100 recommendations to improve efficiency in the school system, Bedford County Public Schools has already taken steps to work on or complete around 25 percent of those.
        And in the upcoming few weeks, one of the most controversial of those recommendations will take center stage.

  • Close to 10,000 students return to school Thursday

        When Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch's mother immigrated to this country from Sweden in 1950 at the  age of 11, she entered a public school system that was designed for the industrial age.
        That meant instruction was delivered in a “highly efficient assembly-line fashion,” and students were sorted and selected, based on their abilities to master content in a prescribed amount of time.

  • A familiar face at JF

        The new school year starts tomorrow and, although Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) has a new principal, returning students will see a familiar face. That’s because Dr. Lee Ann Calvert has been assistant principal there for 13 years.