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Education

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Making a splash for ALS

        Brenda Nelms apparently believed Body Camp Principal Scott Graham hadn’t gotten wet enough. So she slipped out of her own chair—where she sat as students passed by pouring cups of water on the school’s staff and teachers— filled a blue bucket of her own with ice cold water and poured it over Graham’s head.

  • Don't close our school

        A public hearing, held last week at Liberty High School’s auditorium on the question of whether to close Bedford Primary School or Thaxton Elementary School, was a polite affair. The crowd only filled the front of the auditorium and nearly all the speakers spoke on behalf of Thaxton.
        “We understand what a very difficult decision you have ahead of you,” commented Sarah Mayhew.

  • School decision could come Thursday

        The first time Thaxton Elementary School faced being closed by the Bedford County School Board, Kelly Harmony helped lead the effort to keep that school open.
        That volunteer effort worked and no schools that year were closed.
        Now Harmony is a member of the school board, but her stance has remained constant; she doesn’t want any community schools to be closed.

  • 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.