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Education

  • Carroll serves up meal plan changes

    HILLSVILLE — Policy changes concerning the school nutrition program at Carroll County Public Schools were approved last week, in order to prevent future abuse of student meal plan accounts.

    The previous policy allowed unlimited charges for students who couldn’t pay for their meals at school. This lenient practice resulted in the accumulation of a negative balance totaling more than $41,000 in recent years.

  • Galax schools look at grading, class weighting

    Galax City Public Schools is looking at changing the way classes are graded and weighted.

    At the June 10 school board meeting, Dr. Patricia Sebens of the Galax High School guidance department addressed the board in a discussion about the changes.

    “Instead of [the current method of] weighting classes where we give an extra point for classes, we would use the names of the classes to indicate that,” said Sebens. “Colleges would be able to see from the name itself that it was a more rigorous class.”

  • Carroll's top students honor their mentors

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County High School celebrated the first-ever Golden Cavalier Celebration and Banquet this year on May 22 at the school’s media center.

    The event was held to honor the high school’s top 10 seniors, and give them an opportunity to, in turn, honor their greatest inspiration within the school system.

    “Each senior was asked to write an essay about a member of the Carroll County Public School staff, and we invited the staff without telling them [who was honoring them],” said Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship.

  • Parents owe more than $30,000 for school meals

    HILLSVILLE — No citizens spoke when the Carroll County School Board held a public hearing concerning outstanding charges on school meal plans on June 9, but school officials still had plenty to discuss.

    “We’ve made some strides in the past two weeks” in collecting money owed by students and parents, said Finance Manager and School Board Clerk Tammy Quesenberry.

  • GHS Graduation 2014

    The Galax High School graduating class of 2014 had a gracious sendoff, with (mostly) obliging weather and a keynote speaker who not only passed through the same halls when she was their age, but also gave some unusual advice.

  • Grayson grads earn high school, college diplomas

    INDEPENDENCE — A graduating class of 136 students received diplomas on May 31 at Grayson County High School — and some have completed two years of community college already.

  • CCHS graduates embark on next phase of journey

    Families stood and clapped, snapped pictures and cried as the 302 students that made up Carroll County’s 2014 graduating class were led single file to their seats at Tommy Thompson Field on the morning of May 31.

    After a 13-year career, this was the day for the seniors to reflect on their shared journey, breathe a sigh of relief and start planning their adult lives.

  • Former coach convicted of corporal punishment

    WYTHEVILLE — Howard S. Ingo, a former football coach, teacher and administrator with Carroll County schools, was convicted of a “corporal punishment” violation, a Class 4 misdemeanor, and ordered to pay a fine of $100.

    Ingo appeared in the Wythe County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court on May 27 for a trial.

    According to news reports, Ingo allegedly made a football player wear chains across his chest and carry 50-pound weights while walking on the football field.

  • Galax delays new school decision

    Galax City Council has voted unanimously to hold over the request for a decision on the school board’s conditional use permit for a new school until September.
    In the meantime, council plans to meet with the school board and and continue discussions.
    The motion at council’s May 27 meeting also included an agreement consider other sites for a new elementary and middle school building.
    A related issue addressed at the council meeting was the alleged conflict of interest regarding members of the Galax Planning Commission.

  • Possible conflicts stall Galax school plan

    After a public hearing on building a new elementary school and athletic facilities, the Galax Planning Commission decided not to take action after it was brought to their attention that some members might have conflicts of interest because of their connections to the school system.
    About 20 people showed up for the hearing on May 20, eight of which registered to speak. After a brief welcome, School Superintendent Bill Sturgill stood up to address the topic of building the new elementary school and athletic facilities in a residential section of Galax.