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Education

  • 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.

  • Schools reap rewards of promoting positive behavior

        A new initiative to promote positive behavior in Bedford County Public Schools is showing impressive results. And people are noticing.

  • Public hearing on possible school closings is Monday

    The Bedford County School Board will be conducting a public hearing on potential closing/consolidation of elementary schools in the Staunton River Zone and the resulting redistricting of students.

        In anticipation of that meeting, residents of the Body Camp and Moneta communities came together this weekend to prepare for the week ahead.

  • Developer looks at alternative

    Downtown Moneta developer George Aznavorian believes the issue with the septic drain fields at Moneta Elementary School can be fixed for considerably less money than the $400,000 price tag school officials have stated it will cost.
        Aznavorian has been working to see if there is a way the Bedford Regional Water     Authority,    local businesses and the county might work together to provide septic service to the north Moneta area. He believes it could be a “win-win” for everyone.

  • County seniors graduate

        More than 750 Bedford County seniors walked across the floor of the Vines Center at Liberty University Saturday to shake the hand of their principal, receive their diploma and turn the final page of their high school career, becoming graduates of their respective schools.
        All of the schools recognized those students who had chosen to go into the military after graduation. There were cheers as proud parents and families watched their children receive their diplomas; there were tears as classmates who had passed away were remembered.