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School History

Staunton River Middle School opened in 1980 as the Staunton River Annex when a decision was made to move 7th graders from local elementary schools into the same facility as the 8th graders from Staunton River High School. Mr. Eldred Mauldin, principal of Staunton River High School, also served as the Annex Principal during the first three years after its opening. In 1983, Mr. Paul Sherman became the second principal of the Annex, and the first principal to actually be housed in the building. He served for the next eight years. It was during this time that 6th graders from local feeder schools were added to the student body and the Annex was officially renamed Staunton River Middle School in 1989. In the Summer of 1990, Mr. Jim Phares became the third principal of SRMS, and went on to lead 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 for the next 10 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 and went on to serve for three years. In 2011, Mr. Tim Overstreet was named Principal and served for one year. Dr. Karen Woodford was named Principal of SRMS in 2012 and served until 2018. In 2018, Mr. Justin Tucker was named Principal. He and the staff will welcome over 710 students to SRMS for the 2018-2019 school year.

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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