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Education

  • BCPS sets up Facebook, Twitter accounts

        Bedford County Public Schools has entered the world of social media.

        At the request of the school board last month, Ryan Edwards, spokesman for the school division, has set up Facebook and Twitter accounts for the school system, providing additional ways for the school system to communicate with parents and the community.
        Edwards said it’s just one more way to keep people informed “about the great happenings going on in our schools.”

  • Board delays decision on whether to close Thaxton Elementary; Bedford Primary School won't close

    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 be redistricted to attend.

    The board, at Thursday's special called meeting held at Bedford Science and Technology Center, did apparently rule out closing Bedford Primary School. The decision now apparently hinges on if, and when, Thaxton Elementary would be closed.

  • 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.

  • Body Camp Elementary to close after one more 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Vote to delay school closing fails

    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.