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Education

  • 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.

  • Bedford professors teach criminology at LC

        Criminology is rapidly becoming one of the most popular majors at Lynchburg College, and two of the four professors teaching it live in the Thaxton area.

  • Redistricting proposal for Body Camp students released

    Bedford County Public Schools has released a proposed redistricting plan for students in the Staunton River attendance zone affected by the closing of Body Camp Elementary for the 2015-2016 school year.

  • YOVASO moves to middle school

        YOVASO, an organization that has been in Bedford County high schools, is moving to the middle school level. YOVASO stands for Youth of Virginia Speak Out. Its purpose is to get teens involved promoting traffic safety to their school mates.

        A large YOVASO event for middle schoolers was held at Jefferson Forest High School, Friday, with JFHS YOVASO members serving as youth leaders for the middle school students. They led sessions on peer leadership and successful youth traffic safety programs.

  • 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.”

  • Decision delayed

        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 redistricted to attend.