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Education

  • Galax schools change attendance policy

    Galax schools are fighting chronic absenteeism with a change in policy that will require written permission for each time a student misses school.

    The Galax School Board approved the policy at the June 13 meeting, after Galax Elementary School’s Assistant Principal Emily Boyles outlined some of the changes.

    “The policy will be in all student handbooks,” said Boyles. “Also, a copy of the new policy will be sent home or mailed to all families. There will be copy of the policy on the district website.”

  • Grayson rejects middle school sports proposal

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board has rejected a proposal that would have allowed 6th graders to participate in middle school athletics.

    The proposal was brought up at the June meeting to give board members the opportunity to discuss it at the July 10 meeting.

    The first question board member Fred Weatherman asked was, “why?”

  • CCHS named one of Virginia's top schools

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County High School has been recognized by Virginia Living Magazine as one of Virginia’s top high schools and will be featured in an upcoming issue.

    “I would like to say that we are very proud that Carroll County High School is being recognized by Virginia Living magazine for its accomplishments,” said Assistant Superintendent Mark Burnette after receiving notification of the honor. “The administration and staff at the school deserve all of the credit for a job well done.”

  • Grayson County closes out 2017 fiscal year

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County boards put an end to budget discussions last week, closing out their budget years with positive numbers and a favorable outlook for the year.

    The Grayson County School Board’s close-out meeting for fiscal year 2017 was held at the Independence Middle School Library on June 26.

    Summarizing the totals, Dr. Ted Phillips, director of finance, said the school system “came up short in some areas, but ahead in others. I am happy to report that we will meet the June and July payroll, and all of the June bills.”

  • Schools must test water for lead

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – With the water crisis in Flint, Mich., safe drinking water is a high priority nationwide, especially for children. Beginning July 1, schools in Virginia are now required to test their potable water for lead.

    Senate Bill 1359, which Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law on March 20, seeks to ensure that local school boards test the drinking water in schools and that it meets federal guidelines. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that the level of lead not exceed 15 parts per billion.

  • Architects make changes to GES plan

    Some changes have been made to the design of the Galax Elementary School expansion project.

    Yancey Powers of the WM2A architectural firm gave a brief update to members of the Galax School Board at their June 13 meeting.

    The firm’s designs encompass the renovation, extension and modernization of the existing school building.

  • Parents speak in favor of GES expansion

    Much of the discussion of the city’s recently approved budget for fiscal year 2018 involved a tax increase to pay for an expansion of Galax Elementary School.

    At a recent public hearing, parents of Galax students let city council know they support the proposed $17 million expansion, which is in the early planning stages.

    The city approved a budget on June 12, after holding a hearing at its May 22 meeting. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

    The general fund is $17.8 million, the utility fund is $5.5 million and the stormwater fund is $129,500.

  • CCMS teacher participates in national program

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Heather Lucas, a teacher at Carroll County Middle School, was selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of June 19-23.

    Lucas teaches 6th grade U.S. History at CCMS in Hillsville.

    Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C.

  • GHS football field replacement underway

    Staff Report

    Work is underway at Galax High School, where the grass on the football/soccer field is being replaced with an artificial surface. The project is expected to be completed in time for football season this fall.

    The project is being paid for through the school system’s capital project fund, and the price tag is expected to be around $879,000, which is roughly $250,000 below original estimates, according to Galax Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    Sports Construction Management of Lexington, N.C., is doing the work.

  • Galax to name new fitness center for Deputy Bartlett

    Plans are in the works for a fitness center at Galax High School that would be named in honor of Carroll County Deputy Curtis Bartlett.

    Bartlett, who was killed in a line of duty crash in March, was a GHS graduate and was very passionate about nutrition and fitness throughout his life.

    According to GHS Principal Justin Iroler, the project has been in discussion for about a month-and-a-half. Bartlett’s father, Sam, contacted school officials after the Lift Life Foundation reached out to him.