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Education

  • Galax among state's few fully accredited schools

    Along with only 21 school divisions out of Virginia’s 132 total, Galax City Public Schools achieved full accreditation from the Virginia Department of Education.

    This information was released Sept. 16 by the VDOE.

    The percentage of schools meeting state accreditation standards lessens for a second consecutive year as a result of the more rigorous reading, writing, science and mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests introduced since 2011, according to the VDOE.

  • Slime Time at St. Paul School

    CANA — When Special Education teacher Jacob Adams sat down on the chair in front of the St. Paul School entrance, he wasn’t quite prepared for the bucket of bright green slime two students were holding just inches behind his head.

    Outwardly, he remained calm until the mob of students flanking both entrances to the building started counting down in unison: “Five…Four…Three…Two…One!”

  • Falling enrollment will cost schools $1M

    INDEPENDENCE – Falling enrollment in Grayson County could cause a more than $1 million school budget shortfall if things don’t improve before the end of the year.

    School Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant told the Grayson School Board last week that, although things looked “pretty dire” at the beginning of the school year, enrollment has since come up a little.

    The division started the year with only 1,693 students enrolled, but as of the latest numbers that had risen to 1,719.

  • Board delays purchase of new school site

    The Galax School Board on Sept. 9 tabled a decision to purchase a Kipling Lane property for the building of a new elementary school until the next meeting.

    This decision was made due to the city’s policy of a 30-day window for appeals following a zoning decision — in this case, city council’s approval the previous night of the school board’s conditional use permit for the property.

  • Grayson schools accredited, four with warning

    INDEPENDENCE – All seven of Grayson County’s schools were accredited for the 2013-14 school year – though four received warning in at least one subject.

    Grayson’s Director of Instruction and Assessment Stephen Cornett provided the school board with an update on the accreditation status during the board’s regular meeting last week.

    “All schools are accredited,” Cornett told the board. “Although some are with warning.”

  • Galax approves permit for new school

    After a lengthy final public hearing on the matter, Galax City Council members voted unanimously to approve the school board’s request for a conditional use permit for a parcel of residentially zoned land off Fries Road for the construction of a new school.

    Thirteen speakers — including residents of the neighborhood where the school is to be built, Galax Elementary School staff and Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill — took the floor to argue their points.

  • Grayson going after school meals debt

    INDEPENDENCE – Students in Grayson County may soon be excluded from extra-curricular activities and offered an alternative lunch if school cafeteria debts are paid up after administrators discussed a growing debt with school board members this month.

    Grayson County Public Schools’ Director of Personnel Judy Greear approached the board during its regular meeting this month to discuss what she called a “spiraling problem” over the last few years – debt in the cafeterias.

  • Grayson SOL results mixed

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Results were mixed for Grayson County students who took the state’s Standards of Learning exams last year.

    The results, released last month by the Virginia Department of Education, show that overall the students improved in two main categories, but fell in three, although the tests reportedly increased in difficulty over the previous year.

  • Galax school earn full accreditation

    Galax City Schools are fully accredited this year (2013-2014), according to the Virginia State Department of Education.

    In order to achieve accreditation, each school must achieve a passing rate of at least 75 percent in English Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and 70 percent in math, science, history and social science SOLs.

    High schools, additionally, must hit an 85 percent mark on the Graduation and Completion Index, meaning that 85 percent of the students must graduate, get a GED or achieve a certification of completion.

  • Carroll schools accredited by state

    HILLSVILLE — Preliminary reports have Carroll County school administrators feeling positive about the improvements they have made in their curriculum over the past year.

    According to preliminary state and federal accountability reports, all nine schools within the Carroll County Public School (CCPS) system were found to be accredited.

    Additionally, five out of the nine met federal accountability standards, with four missing the bar only by one or two objectives out of the required 36.