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Education

  • 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.

  • Garrett speaks at Take Your Legislator To School week

        Delegate Scott Garrett spoke to Jefferson Forest High School’s government class, Friday, as part of Take Your Legislator to School week.

        Garrett began talking about Friday night’s football game, got them laughing, and then pointed out how this technique allowed him to get an audience’s attention and build rapport in eight seconds. He was then able to hold their attention through his presentation, tossing in humor and asking the students’ questions.

  • 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.

  • Credit Union, school team up at JFHS

        Students at Jefferson Forest High School can take care of some basic financial transactions at the school’s new student-run Credit Union branch at the school cafeteria.

  • Interactive haunted house promises unique approach

        Liberty High School theater students are preparing what they call an interactive haunted house. Actually, according to Shayna Crews, the high school’s theater teacher, it’s more like interactive theater.  People from the audience become part of the story.

        “There will be spooky things   happening   here,”Crews promised.

  • Businesses partner with schools

    Everybody shops for groceries. Math Night, sponsored by Bedford's Food Lion, gave children from Montvale Elementary School the chance to see how the math they are learning in school works in the real world.

  • Draft plan released for Thaxton

        Bedford County Public Schools has released a proposed redistricting plan for elementary schools in the Liberty attendance zone, should the school board decide to close Thaxton Elementary, as has been proposed.

  • School board votes on Body Camp redistricting

        Instead of uprooting more than 70 current students at Stewartsville Elementary, as part of the redistricting plan to move Body Camp Elementary students to a new school next year when that school closes, the Bedford County School Board opted for a less intrusive option.

  • 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.

  • 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.