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Education

  • 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.

  • Riders receive a Montvale welcome!

        For many of the riders en route to Washington D.C.  their annual visit to Montvale Elementary has become a favorite stop along the way as part of their annual Run for the Wall.

        Last Thursday was no different.
        The motorcycles roared down Patriot Road just after 12:30 p.m. for a two-hour respite of encouragement, nourishment and even healing.

  • Efficiency study released

        If Bedford County Public Schools wants to operate efficiently, two of its elementary schools should be closed, according to a state-mandated efficiency study released Thursday night.
        The study recommended closing both Moneta Elementary School and Bedford Primary School in an effort to save $8 million over the next five years.

  • Parents galvanize response

        Moneta area residents, shocked by the possibility that Moneta Elementary might be closed—sooner rather than later—gathered Sunday at the school to begin plotting their strategy to try and save the community’s school.
        That included signing a petition and giving out information to gather at next week’s Bedford County School Board meeting.

  • Students unveil time capsule buried 7 years ago

        Seven years ago Jane Parrish’s advanced reading class at Body Camp Elementary dropped a piece of history into a time capsule and buried it in a garden behind the school.