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Education

  • 'Tide Tags' reward responsibility

    “Tide Tags” are a highly sought-after reward among Galax Elementary School students, according to a group of teachers and administrators – April Gunn, Darla Robbins, Beth Hodges and Darla Wells – who presented the program in the Focus on Instruction segment of the Galax School Board meeting on April 11.

  • Enrollment down at WCC

    Enrollment at Wytheville Community College has dropped slightly from last year – 2,359 as opposed to the previous 2,434, WCC President Dr. Dean Sprinkle said in his annual report to Galax City Council.

    At the April 10 council meeting, Sprinkle said 225 students this year are from Galax, compared to 240 the year before; and 70 Galax High School students took dual enrollment classes for college credit, down from 74 last year.

  • Mitchell named one of the region’s top teachers

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County High School teacher has received one of the highest teaching honors in the region and gets to take the international trip of a lifetime to celebrate.

    Fred Mitchell, a chemistry teacher at CCHS, has been recognized as one of the 2017 recipients of the McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence. The awards are in their 18th year and The McGlothlin Foundation of Bristol provides the $25,000 monetary award. Two winners are announced each year, at the primary and secondary level, and the other four finalists receive $1,000 awards.

  • Grayson faces more school budget cuts

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board is facing a difficult budget year, as a lack of funding has lead members to consider some tough cuts; including money for the high school’s dual enrollment program, capital improvement projects and personnel reductions as staff retires.

    In addition to this year’s concerns, Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore warned the board about potential cuts in federal funding with the next budget; meaning that the administrators will need to plan ahead and seek alternative sources for funding.

  • Carroll schools seek level funding

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County School Board is asking supervisors for the same amount of money it received this year.

    The board has approved its budget for fiscal year 2018 and presented it to the Carroll Board of Supervisors with a request for level county funding.

    The total budget is $42.9 million and the requested amount from the county is $11.2 million.

  • GES plans proceed, despite objection

    Galax City Council will allow the school board to forge ahead with plans to expand Galax Elementary, despite strenuous objection by Council Member Ches Helmick, who voted against it and raised numerous concerns regarding the project’s effects on taxes.

    At the Feb. 27 meeting, Helmick suggested postponing a decision on the proposed $17 million expansion, which would likely require the city to refinance debt and raise the tax levy to pay for it.

  • Carroll school chief retiring

    HILLSVILLE – Dr. Strader Blankenship, Carroll County Public Schools superintendent, has announced his retirement effective July 1.

    The Carroll County School Board will begin an immediate search for his replacement.

    Blankenship announced his retirement during closed session of the March 14 meeting of the school board. His wife, Ruby, who serves as a special education assistant in the county, also is retiring.

  • Local student will study in Romania

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Alexandra Largen, daughter of Melissa and Nathan Largen, is a young woman with far to go and a whole lot of folks cheering her on.

    That cheering section includes many friends and mentors, and most enthusiastically, her parents, sisters and grandmother. A place she will visit very soon is Bucharest, the capitol city of Romania, a country of the European Union located in southeastern Europe.

  • Buses, capital improvements among school needs

    INDEPENDENCE — Now that the state’s final budget for the year has been approved by the General Assembly, Grayson County Public Schools officials are crunching the numbers in their own spending plan in the hopes of funding capital improvement projects over the next year, and providing a 1 percent raise for staff.

  • Schools solve bus loading dilemma

    INDEPENDENCE — Recent updates were made to Independence Elementary and the middle and high schools’ bus parking lots by the Grayson County Public Schools transportation department, allowing for smoother loading and departure at the end of the school day.

    During the Grayson County School Board’s Feb. 13 meeting, Charles Dickson of the school system’s transportation department, gave a brief summary of what had been done to improve the traffic from the parking lot.