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Education

  • Spencer unopposed for Carroll school board

    HILLSVILLE — Incumbent member and current board chairman Brian E. Spencer is the only candidate for the Pipers Gap District seat on Carroll County School Board for this election.

    School board candidates are all considered independents and do not participate in a primary.

    Spencer has been on the school board for six years, serving all six years as chairman, and serves on the finance committee. He is a former member of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

    He also was unopposed in his re-election bid for his current three-year term in 2013.

  • Board renews superintendent's contract

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County school superintendent Kelly Wilmore received a new four-year contact at last Monday night’s meeting of the Grayson County School Board.

    Board Member Shannon Holdaway made the motion to “approve the resolution for Mr. Wilmore’s contract as presented. Randy Shinault seconded the motion, which was approved by a unanimous vote.

    Wilmore was appointed superintendent on Dec. 1, 2015. The new contract will run from July 1, 2018 to July 2, 2022.

  • Hotline gives teens a place to turn

    Teens often feel alone and misunderstood, even when they have a loving family. For those with no one to lean on, growing up can be even tougher.

    PUSH Ministries in Galax is giving teens a place to turn with its new Teen Talk hotline.

    Jill Burcham of PUSH talked to members of the Galax School Board about the organization’s hotline at their Sept. 12 meeting.

  • Counties get grants for security equipment

    Staff Report

    Carroll and Grayson counties are among the 104 localities awarded a total of $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants from the state, to help protect students and teachers.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the grant awards last week.

    Carroll County received $87,520 for the Carroll County Education Center; Carroll County High; Carroll County Middle; Fancy Gap, Gladesboro, Gladeville, Hillsville, Laurel and Oakland elementaries and St. Paul School.

  • Six of seven Grayson schools accredited

    INDEPENDENCE — Six out of the seven Grayson County schools received full accreditation this year; but that could change pending the results of an appeal regarding the seventh school, which fell just a few students shy of full accreditation.

    Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore confirmed that the county would seek to appeal the state’s decision to only partially accredit Fries School, where science test score dipped. Only 22 students took the test.

  • School system requests additional funding

    INDEPENDENCE — Now that the school system has created a capital improvement plan, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore’s request for additional funding.

    Part of the money approved included a literary fund request that was tabled in August, following the board’s request for a capital improvement plan from the schools.

  • Former band director was inspiration to students

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County students and alumni took to social media last week, posting condolences and statements in memory of the Rev. Clarence Bonnell Young — known by many as “Doc” — a former band director for the school system who passed away Sept. 13, at age 57.

  • Scholarships build strong foundation for graduates

    After three decades, the Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education’s endowment is now worth more than $2.5 million and it has given away more $1 million in scholarships.

    This year, the foundation is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a fundraising dinner and a play at the Galax Municipal Golf Course Clubhouse on Sept. 29.

    The foundation is a group of individuals who are dedicated to making post-secondary education available to qualified graduates of the Galax school system.

  • Virginia facing teacher shortage

    Additional reporting by Landmark News Service

    As public schools across Virginia opened their doors for the new school year, many did so without all of the teachers they needed.

    That’s because of a growing exodus of experienced teachers and an unwillingness among many young people to go into a lower-paying field when they’re facing student-loan debt from college. Virginia also faces competition for teachers from other states who recruit nationally.

  • School officials address football field questions

    After a city council member raised questions about the need for a new artificial turf football field at Galax High School, given the $879,000 cost, school officials decided to address the issue directly in an interview with The Gazette.

    “I think it’s time we attempt to answer the football field [question], but in the attempt, we’re going to answer some other things,” said Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    The field is already completed and was dedicated last month.