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Education

  • 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.

  • Learning & Playing Together

    INDEPENDENCE — School and county officials gathered at Fairview Elementary School this month, to celebrate the expansion of their playground and the inclusion of recreational equipment designed for students with special needs.

    The new play area will give students with and without special needs more of an opportunity to enjoy the playground together. The expansion, unveiled on Oct. 11, included a special swing that can accommodate a wheel chair; and sensory play panels.

  • Grayson schools roll over funding

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County School Superintendent Kelly Wilmore informed school board members at their Oct. 9 meeting that the school system rolled over $466,000 from its 2016-2017 budget.
    He said $242,000 went back in the budget and the other $224,000 was placed in a capital improvement fund by county treasurer Kelly Haga.
    Wilmore said the total budget was more than $20 million.

  • 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.