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Education

  • 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.

  • School budget goes to the county

        The Bedford County School Board had few changes to make in Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch’s proposed $106.5 million budget for 2015-2016.
        Now comes the difficult part—selling the budget to the County Board of Supervisors.
        Dr. Schuch, Board Chairman Gary Hostutler and Chief Financial Officer Randy Hagler will try to do just that during a work session Monday night with the supervisors.

  • First Amendment cries misplaced

    By Mike Forster

        There is a relationship between rights and consequences, although recent events might have you thinking otherwise.
        Two major incidents have pundits screaming about first amendment rights:  the Sony hacking and the Paris massacre.

  • Public hearing Thursday on Liberty zone proposal

        Those wanting to comment to the Bedford County School Board on the proposed redistricting plan connected with the closing of Thaxton Elementary School may do so during a public hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 11, at the School Board Office Conference Room.

        The board’s regular meeting will immediately follow the public hearing and included on that agenda is a vote on the redistricting plan.

  • Five times in six years

        Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) may be getting used to this.

        Emily Pickering a senior and member of the school’s marching band has been selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. The band will play during halftime at the All-American Bowl to be played in the Alamo Dome in San Antonio on the first Saturday in January.  This game will feature two teams made up of the best high school football players in America.

  • 4-3 vote: close Thaxton Elementary

        On a 4-3 vote, the Bedford County School Board voted to close another school at the end of this school year; Thaxton Elementary joins Body Camp Elementary as the two schools slated to close.

        Before a packed room at the School Board Office Conference Room—and to the dismay of the Thaxton supporters attending the meeting—board members Gary Hostutler, Julie Bennington, Dr. John Hicks and Richard Downey voted to close the school with Kelly Harmony, Jason Johnson and Kevin Willis voting against the motion.

  • Update: SRHS lockdown lifted

    Joint Press Release Just Issued to Area Media On Behalf of Bedford County Schools and the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.
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    The lock down and subsequent evacuation of Staunton River High School students and staff today has been lifted following an extensive investigation and full campus canvassing by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office and the Virginia State Police.

  • Man enters FES, apparently steals teacher's credit card

    Bedford County Public Schools officials are working to increase security at Forest Elementary School following reports of an intruder who entered the school Sept. 19.

    According to school officials, an African-American man, bald and apparently in his 20s, went to the school and requested to have lunch with a first grade student.