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School History

Staunton River Middle School came into existence in 1980 under the name Staunton River Annex, when a decision was made to move 7th graders from elementary schools into a facility with the 8th graders from Staunton River High School. Mr. Eldred Mauldin, principal of Staunton River High School served as the Annex principal during the first three years after its opening. In 1983, Mr. Paul Sherman became the second principal of SRMS and the first principal to be housed in the building.  He served there for the next eight years. During this time, the building was renamed Staunton River Middle School when 6th graders from the zone feeders schools were also added to the student body. During the summer of 1991 Mr. Jim Farris became the third principal at SRMS. He led the staff for the next four years. Mr. Terry Hoggatt served as principal for one year during the 1994-1995 school year. He was followed by Mr. John Larocca who served for the next two years. Mr. Lin Roberts took the helm at SRMS during the summer of 1998 and served there for the next ten years. He is currently the longest serving principal at the school. Mrs. Patty Johnson arrived during the summer of 2008 as the first female principal of SRMS. For the next three years, she served as the instructional leader in the building. Mr. Overstreet took over for one year in 2011. During the summer of 2012, Mrs. Karen Woodford stepped in to begin serving the SRMS community as the principal. As the school opens to students this fall, Mrs. Woodford will welcome the SRMS student body which will consist of approximately 750 students in grades 6 thru 8.

Staunton River Middle School is located in a rural setting in Bedford County, VA. The school population areas served by SRMS include Body Camp, Chamblissburg, Goodview, Huddleston, Lynch Station, Moneta, Stewartsville and portions of the Smith Mountain Lake area. Bedford county is one of the largest counties in the state, consisting of 764 square miles.  SRMS is located in the southern part of the county and has been impacted by significant growth in the Smith Mountain Lake and Stewartsville regions of the county. As such, SRMS draws from a diverse community ranging from family farms to lake front homes.

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