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Parents voice concerns at Bedford Co. School Board meeting

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BEDFORD COUNTY - UPDATE 8:30 p.m.

Close to 100 people packed into the Bedford County school board meeting on Tuesday. Many held signs and wore t-shirts to show their support for Moneta Elementary and Body Camp Elementary School.

The two schools are on the chopping block as local leaders look for ways to save money.

During the public comment session residents had up to three minutes to speak. One by one, people voiced there concerns about the possible closings.

The school board has its back against the wall. They are out of funding, facing teacher layoffs and need to find a way to save money. School board officials said closing the two schools would be a tough decision but it's one school leader may have to make.

Residents will have a chance to weigh-in on the possible school closings. There is a public meeting on Monday, June 2nd at 7pm. The meeting takes place at Staunton River High School and is open to the public.

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Many parents and students showed up to tonight's meeting to show their support for Moneta Elementary, as well as Body Camp Elementary.

Many people were holding signs, urging county leaders to keep the schools open.

WSLS 10's Brie Jackson will have more on this story coming up tonight on WSLS 10 at 11.

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The Bedford County School Board meeting started at 7 p.m.

While the potential closure of Moneta Elementary and Body Camp Elementary is not on tonight's agenda, there will be a public comment section of tonight's meeting where parents and members of the community can voice their concerns.

The closures are being considered after a efficiency study suggested the change to save money.

Local leaders say if the changes are not made, millions of dollars in funding could be lost.

Many parents have spoken out against the closures.

Local businesses are also concerned about the impact.

Some of the top concerns of residents surrounding the closings include a drop in real estate values and negative impact on growth in the county.

There will also be a public hearing on Monday at Staunton River High School.
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