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Education

  • Grayson school chief to look at hiring policy

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Dr. Larry Massie, interim superintendent for Grayson County Schools, has responded to concerns expressed by the Grayson County Education Association (GCEA) about rehiring teachers.

    He says some teachers cut during a “reduction in force” earlier this year have been re-hired.

    Rebecca Absher, president of the GCEA, told school board members at a recent meeting that the decision not to re-hire teachers who were on the reduction in force list was causing a lot of undue stress.

  • Woodlawn School pitched as FFA/Ag center

    HILLSVILLE – A proposal for the future use of Woodlawn School was presented to the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) at a recent meeting.

    John Carpenter, an FFA teacher at the Carroll County Intermediate School, presented a proposal to turn the school into the Smith Hughes FFA/Agriculture Center.

    Carpenter explained that the first vocational education program, located at Woodlawn, was funded by the Smith Hughes Agriculture Education Act in 1917. This led to the Future Farmers of Virginia and then to Future Farmers of America in 1928.

  • Grayson assigns principals

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – As Grayson school officials prepare to open on Aug. 12, principals for all county schools are now in place.

    Returning to principal posts are Elizabeth Brown at Fries School, Brandi Ray at Grayson County High School, Jamey Hale at Independence Middle School and Susan Mitchell at Independence Middle School principal.

  • Schools could save money on audit

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved a bid for school account auditing services at its regular meeting July 14, which should save the school system money.

    Norma Quesinberry, director of finance, told the board that a public notice was placed on the school website for 10 days and two bids were received.

    Based on the low bid of $10,500, the board, on a unanimous 5-0 vote, accepted a bid from Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates.

  • Grayson's cut teachers can't reapply

    INDEPENDENCE – A recent policy change by the Grayson County School Board has drawn strong reaction from the Grayson County Education Association (GCEA).

    Rebecca Absher, president of the GCEA, told school board members at a recent meeting that the board’s decision not to re-hire teachers who were on the reduction in force list was causing a lot of undue stress.

    “The policy is unfair to loyal employees who have given many years of their life to the school system and worked for five years without a raise,” Absher said.

  • School chief developing capital improvement plan

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Dr. Larry Massie, interim superintendent for the Grayson County School System, told the school board recently that he is working on a capital improvement plan for the school system.

    Massie said he also plans to prepare a facilities study and visit all county schools to see what capital improvements they need and get input from the school principals.

  • School board approves hirings, firings and transfers

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved the resignations of both varsity basketball coaches at its meeting Monday night, while the teacher of a popular building trades program was re-hired and a central office administrator retired after his job was eliminated.

    Head basketball coach Lucas Austin and assistant coach Landon Testerman resigned their positions effective July 14.

  • GHS seniors helping their community

    Three more Galax High School students — now 2015 graduates — presented their senior projects to the Galax School board at its June meeting.

    Members of the graduating class undertook a variety of projects this year to help their community.

    Ann-Marie Coleman said that she discovered, through Hope House Director Tammy Harmon, that the homeless shelter was in ongoing need of supplies for the residents, including shampoo, conditioner, Germ-X and other personal hygiene items.

  • GES students unite to end bullying

    A group of Galax Elementary School third graders have teamed up to create a group dedicated to the prevention of bullying.

    According to GES counselor Cris Jackson, the students had been aided by their teacher in working through a conflict in their own classroom, and “decided spontaneously — by themselves, without any adult — that they needed a ‘Stop Bullying Club.’”

  • Citizens offer input about next superintendent's qualifications

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Citizens for Better Schools delivered its list of qualifications for a new superintendent to the school board on June 30, and made it plain that they don’t want a “good ol’ boy” hired for the position.

    Wanda Pinion, a member of the community group, delivered the list of 10 qualifications during a public hearing at a special meeting of the Grayson County School Board.