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Education

  • Grayson teachers seek competitive pay

    INDEPENDENCE — With budget season coming up, advocates for Grayson County educators are asking the school board to do what it can to level teacher’s pay with competing nearby localities.

    During the school board’s Jan. 15 meeting, representatives from the Grayson County Education Association (GCEA) shared their number one goal for this year’s budget with the administration.

    The GCEA’s Deborah Greif got right to the point by sharing feedback from teachers and data from Grayson and surrounding school systems.

  • Grayson honors schools' success

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors invited representatives of Baywood and Fairview elementaries to the December meeting to honor the schools for their recent accomplishments.

    Principal Mike Reavis of Baywood and Fairview schools and Director of Student Learning Susie Funk were present at the meeting to receive two honors on behalf of the schools. They were also joined by Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-5th District), who represents Grayson County.

    At the meeting, the board approved two proclamations in honor of the schools.

  • Budget vote divided by school money disagreement

    Approval of a budget amendment once again brought up disagreements among Galax City Council members over the school system’s spending for a new football field and the purchase of a piece of land for a school project that was later abandoned.

    There were no speakers at a public hearing for a fiscal year 2018 budget amendment at council’s Dec. 11 meeting, but a transfer of funding to Galax City Public Schools prompted one council member to raise objections and resulted in a split vote on the amendment.

  • Governor addresses teacher shortage

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    As Virginia schools struggle with a dearth of teachers, Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants colleges and universities to be able to fast-track the training of aspiring educators.

    McAuliffe signed an executive order Dec. 11 directing the state Board of Education to adopt emergency rules that would allow colleges and universities to offer a four-year undergraduate degree in teaching, rather than a five-year master’s program.

  • AmeriCorps tutors help Carroll kids with math, reading

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – AmeriCorps members have been working with Carroll County schools for 14 years, and the tutors are helping hundreds of students this year in reading and math.

    Tonya Gibson, manager of the AmeriCorps Reading for Life program, made a special presentation about AmeriCorps at the Carroll County School Board’s Dec. 12 meeting.

  • Grayson auto tech program recertified

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center’s automotive technology program, which was previously placed under warning by the Virginia Department of Education, has now received full certification.

    Angie Lawson, principal of the CATE Center, announced the program’s certification to the Grayson County School Board during their monthly meeting on Nov. 13.

    “As you are aware, we were previously under warning; but the department of education gave us extra time to work on it,” Lawson said.

  • Carroll makes plans to buy buses, fix roof

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors and the Carroll County School Board put their heads together to come up with a solution for two urgent school requests during a joint meeting Nov. 20.

    At the meeting, the county authorized the school board to buy five school buses at a discounted price that was soon to expire, and agreed to seek funding for repairing part of the roof at Carroll County High School.

  • Carroll considers school bus proposal

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll School Board has approached county supervisors with a proposal to buy five buses at a special price.

    County Administrator Steve Truitt told the Carroll Board of Supervisors about the proposal at its meeting Nov. 14.

  • Carroll kids dig gardening

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County’s newly formed gardening club recently entered the student crop competition at the State Fair of Virginia and won several awards.

    The Grateful Dirt Diggers 4-H Gardening Club formed a month ago with students from Hillsville Elementary and Carroll County Middle School.

  • Baywood, Fairview schools recognized

    Baywood and Fairview Elementary Schools were both recognized recently, as a result of their continued improvement as reflected by Standards of Learning (SOL) scores.