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Education

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Community spruces up Bedford Primary School

        Students returning to Bedford Primary School next Thursday, Aug. 14, will be met with a spruced up exterior of the school.

        Residents from the community have been meeting this week to work on the landscaping at the front of the school, getting it ready for the opening of school—and for a tour two weeks later by the Bedford County School Board.

  • School board changes grading policy

        Students’ voices can be heard and can lead to change.
        A proposal generated by last year’s Student Advisory Council led the Bedford County School Board to change the school system’s grading policy for the upcoming school year.

  • Thaxton gathers support

        While discussing the closing of Thaxton Elementary School wasn’t on the agenda for Thursday night’s Bedford County School Board meeting, several residents let it be known where they stand on the issue.

  • Restructuring underway

    The central office of Bedford County Public Schools will have some new faces and new titles this month as a result of action taken by the school board the past several meetings.
        As part of its effort to follow through with recommendations made in the state-mandated school efficiency study, the school board has voted to reorganize the central office staff structure to make it more in line with what the study suggested.

  • JF, LHS to get new principals

    back in August, Liberty and Jefferson Forest high schools will have new principals.    Current LHS Principal Tim Overstreet and JF Principal Tony Francis are moving to the Bedford County Public School system’s central office staff, the result of action taken during the school board’s meeting last Thursday.