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Education

  • School board back to business after turmoil

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board has spent many long hours in session over the past several weeks discussing budgets and personnel, but Monday night’s special called meeting set a record for brevity.

    The meeting lasted less than 10 minutes, but the board managed to spend more than $2 million during that time span.

  • Board accepts $1.1 million

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board, after more than two months of haggling, finally accepted a $1.1 million supplement from the Grayson Board of Supervisors to help balance the 2015-2016 school budget during a special called meeting on June 17.
    The county funds will allow the school system to give teachers raises and reinstate the building trades class at the high school that was cut earlier this year because of a lack of funds. It will also pay for school resource officers.

  • Seniors seek to better schools, community

    Seniors often look forward to leaving high school to make their marks on the world, but many in Galax High School’s class of 2015 worked to better their community in the months before they donned caps and gowns.
    This spring, seniors presented their projects to the Galax School Board.
    Jessica Berry started a book collection project, for each first and second grader at Galax Elementary School to receive a book.

  • GHS Graduation 2015

    Galax High School held its graduation ceremony June 13 on the football field.

  • Grayson increases school lunch prices

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County students will pay more for their lunch next year, but not by much – just a nickel.

    Stephanie Munsey, food service coordinator, told the school board at its June 8 meeting that the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires that school systems annually review paid meal prices.

  • Grayson offers schools $1.1M again

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has once again offered the county school system a $1.1 million supplement to balance its fiscal year 2016 budget.

    Should the school board accept it, the money would allow the system to give teachers raises and reinstate a building trades program that was cut due to funding shortages, as well as cover expenditures that will carry forward, settle debt and pay for school resource officers.

  • Search begins for new Grayson school chief

    INDEPENDENCE — The search is underway for Grayson County Schools’ new superintendent, and the school board says it is dedicated to finding the perfect candidate to fill the seat.

    Members of the board met on Thursday to discuss strategy with Peter Sengenberger, assistant executive director of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA).

  • More Grayson personnel cut

    By LARRY CHAMBERS & SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board continued to eliminate positions at its meeting Monday night as part of the reduction in force plan.

    The decision to cut more staff came as a shock to many who were in attendance, and at least one school board member.

  • Grayson appoints new school leaders

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board has hired an interim superintendent to serve the system until a new superintendent can be hired.

    Also at its monthly meeting on Monday, the board accepted the resignation of assistant superintendent Judy Greear, and then eliminated the position. Greear is the second central office resignation in recent weeks, after former superintendent Kevin Chalfant stepped down May 31.

    Last week, the board promoted elementary education supervisor Susie Funk to administrative supervisor for the school system.

  • Nottingham named 'Super Teacher'

    AUSTINVILLE – There are some amazing teachers out there, and many of them are right here in Virginia.

    Laurel Elementary fourth grade teacher Lucy Nottingham was selected this year to receive the 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award. The honor was given on May 29, in a surprise presentation at Laurel Elementary School in front of students, faculty and special guests.