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Education

  • Consultant tells board one school proposal won't work

        A consultant with M.B. Kahn Construction Co., Inc., told the Bedford County School Board Thursday that a proposal to build a new middle school in the Liberty Zone with the plan to eventually convert it to a high school later on isn’t feasible.

        “It’s not a practical idea,” stated William W. Cram, executive vice president with M.B. Kahn. “The space you need in a high school is so different (from that of a middle school).”

  • School days to be extended in BCPS

        After missing in excess of 11 days due to inclement weather this year, students in Bedford County Public Schools will be spending a little more time each day in class to make up for the lost time.

        On Thursday, the Bedford County School Board voted to extend the school day by 10 minutes March 31 through the end of the school year. In addition, the board gave school officials the option to extend that time even longer if needed to make up for more lost time.

  • 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.

  • Individual affiliated with Thaxton Elementary diagnosed with TB

    An individual affiliated with Thaxton Elementary School has tested positive for tuberculosis (TB).

    The division was notified by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) at approximately 3:30 p.m. Friday following positive laboratory test results. A joint letter from Bedford County Public Schools and the Department of Health will be sent to all parents at Thaxton Elementary on Monday, October 13 that provides additional details regarding this situation.

  • Graffiti threat leads to lockdown at JFHS

    Bedford County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers are investigating a threatening message found on a restroom wall at Jefferson Forest High School Monday around 1:50 p.m.

  • TB case hits Thaxton

        An individual affiliated with Thaxton Elementary School has tested positive for tuberculosis (TB) and the school system has been working with the Health Department to address the matter.
        The division was notified by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) at about 3:30 p.m. Friday following positive laboratory test results. A joint letter from Bedford County Public Schools and the Department of Health was sent to all parents at Thaxton Elementary on Monday providing additional details.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.