Checking the facts on efficiency study conducted on Bedford County Public Schools

After the efficiency study on Bedford County Public Schools was presented last week, we looked into the company Prismatic Services who was involved.

We found out several consulting firms present proposals to the state annually. The state then chooses the company based on quality, experience of staff, and cost. Prismatic Services, a North Carolina based company, was chosen this year for those reasons. 

“We chose Prismatic combination of factors one was quality of presentation in writing and the quality of the proposal of the plan of how they would evaluate the school division,” says John Ringer, Virginia Department of Planning and Budget.

 This year there are efficiency studies conducted at three public school systems statewide by Prismatic. This includes Bedford, Fluvanna, and Amherst Counties. The state paid about $300,000 to Prismatic Services for the studies. We reached out to the owner of Prismatic Services Tatia Prieto by phone but stated she couldn’t answer questions regarding her work and told us to contact a state official instead.

Some Bedford County parents have questioned whether consultants stepped foot in any of the schools. We checked and found out consultants went to each school at least once from December 2 to 6 last year and interviewed school board members, county administrative staff, and staff members. School officials also told us consultants were given access to all records needed for the efficiency study. 

Several schools were suggested to close this includes Bedford Primary School and Moneta Elementary School.

If Moneta Elementary School closed, it’ll displace 215 students who will have to go to Body Camp, Huddleston, or Goodview based on redistricting changes. From Moneta Elementary School, Body camp is about seven miles away, Huddleston at 13 miles, and Goodview at 15 miles. 

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