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Education

  • Five file to run for school board in Grayson

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Five candidates filed and qualified last Friday afternoon for the special school board election in Grayson County to fill the unexpired term of the late Tim “T.T.” Carico.

    Candidates for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board had until 5 p.m. on Aug. 19 to file. They include Tracy A. “Zeke” Anderson, Robert Benish, James Davis and Ruth Ross, all of Independence; and Philip Vaughan of Fries.

  • Weight room dedicated in Carico's memory

    INDEPENDENCE — The August meeting of the Grayson County School Board included dedications to two former members of school administration, who were key in positively influencing the direction and growth of the school system.

    At the end of the meeting, the board recessed and reassembled at the Grayson County High School’s new weight room, for a special dedication to former school board member Tim “T.T.” Carico.

    Carico was elected to the school board this year. He died unexpectedly in July, from injuries sustained in an accident at his home.

  • Carroll test scores remain solid

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools has received preliminary Standards of Learning (SOL) scores from this spring’s testing, and the results show progress in some areas and room for improvement in others.

    Dr. Beverly Adams-Parker presented the scores to the school board during its regular monthly meeting on Aug. 9.

  • Anderson first to file for special election

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Tracy A. “Zeke” Anderson of Independence is the first candidate to file for the special school board election in Grayson County to fill Tim “T.T.” Carico’s unexpired term.

    According to the registrar’s office, Anderson submitted his paperwork and has qualified for the Nov. 8 special election. The deadline to file at the registrar’s office on the bottom floor of the Grayson County Courthouse is Aug. 19 at 5 p.m.

  • Galax considering GES renovation

    Architectural firms will be at the September meeting of the Galax School Board to discuss the possibility of renovating the existing elementary school in lieu of building another one in a different location.

    At the Aug. 9 school board meeting, Superintendent Bill Sturgill had noted previously that, while land for the new school had been purchased, estimates for the development and construction of an elementary school were much higher than anticipated.

  • Vaughan chosen to fill school board vacancy

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board announced Wednesday that Philip Vaughan will serve as an interim member of the school board; filling the At-Large seat that was left empty following the death of former board member Tim “T.T.” Carico in July.

    Vaughan will serve on the board for the rest of the year, and then a special election in November will determine who will fill the seat for the remainder of Carico’s unexpired term (three years).

  • Transgender rights debate continues

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson school leaders say that, despite hearing concerns, they will not change a policy prohibiting transgender students from using their preferred restrooms.

    Several county residents and people from surrounding communities on Monday evening addressed the Grayson County School Board about its recent adoption of a policy mandating use of a public restroom or locker room in accordance with the gender listed on a student’s birth certificate.

  • School board will appoint member to fill Carico's seat

    UPDATE:

  • Advocate for transgender rights to speak to school board

    INDEPENDENCE ― Transgender rights activist Kristin Plenger will speak at the Grayson County School Board meeting Aug. 8, to address recent changes the board made to the school system’s policy regarding restroom use.

  • Special election set for Grayson School Board vacancy

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A special election has been set for Nov. 8 to fill the unexpired term of T.T. Carico on the Grayson County School Board.

    Carico was injured in an ATV accident on July 3 and died of his injuries on July 6.

    The Grayson County School Board — through its counsel, Independence attorney Roger Brooks — petitioned the court July 22 for the special election.