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Education

  • Legislators get closer look at CCHS innovations

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board and two state legislators met to discuss the upcoming year’s budget and other issues over breakfast at the Carroll County High School library on Nov. 14, and toured the school’s robotics lab and innovative new lab dedicated to science, technology, engineering, math and agriculture.

  • Grayson schools left with $500K deficit

    INDEPENDENCE – Dropping enrollment numbers in Grayson County have left the school system with a more than $500,000 deficit for the current budget, although the number was once roughly $1.1 million.

    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant updated the school board on the gap during the regular school board meeting this month and pointed out that while the number was once $1.1 million, the actual amount the division needs to cut is closer to $700,000.

  • Parents: attendance policy not reasonable

    INDEPENDENCE – Changes are needed to the Grayson County School Division’s attendance policy, according to a set of parents who feel like their right to decide whether to send their children to school has been taken away from them.

    Amy and Timothy Donley – parents of two Grayson County students – both approached the school board during its regular meeting this month to request the division to take a look at its attendance policy and consider some updates.

  • Board approves traffic study for new school site

    The Galax School Board on Nov. 11 unanimously passed a motion, after a brief discussion, to approve the traffic analysis proposal for the new elementary school site.

    The school system recently bought land in the Fries Road/Kipling Lane area for a possible new school to replace the aging Galax Elementary.

  • Run raises $4,000+ for scholarship

    A total of 202 participants in the “Miles for Matthew” 5K and Fun Run, which took place at Dannelly Park on the New River Trail on Nov 8, raised more than $4,000 to benefit the Matthew Legg Memorial Scholarship Fund.

    The event included a 5K on the trail for adults, a “fun run” for kids around the smaller track at the park’s playground, and lots of goodies for sale to help the fund.

  • Schools urge bus safety

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Schools officials are concerned about this year’s increase in the number of vehicles that are illegally passing stopped school buses.

    After hearing similar reports from several Carroll County school bus drivers, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Burnette released a public service announcement to warn the community about the legal consequences and dangers of passing a school bus while it is stopped to pick up or drop off school children.

  • Robotics team could assemble in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board has received a proposal to form a First LEGO League (FLL) Robotics Team for students in fourth through eighth grades.

    At its Oct. 14 meeting, the school board heard information about the league from Shanda Sinnett, a gifted specialist for Carroll County Public Schools.

    According to the proposal, the First LEGO League introduces students in grades 4-8 to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.

  • Grayson tightens school food rules

    INDEPENDENCE – Students can now be excluded from extra-curricular activities in Grayson County if their cafeteria debt isn’t taken care of.

    Grayson School Board members voted this month to pass a new charge and collections policy for debt that has gotten out of hand.

    The division’s Director of Personnel, Judy Greear, approached the board during its regular meeting in September to discuss what she called a “spiraling problem” over the last few years – debt in the cafeterias.

  • Carroll to upgrade school security

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Schools has received nearly $100,000 in school security equipment grants.

    The grant awards are part of a $6 million grant disbursement approved by Gov. Terry McAuliffe in September. According to a news release, the grant funds were split to assist 100 school divisions in the state, as well as six regional education programs. Funds will help buy video monitoring systems, direct communications links between schools and law enforcement agencies and other security upgrades in 373 schools and other buildings.

  • Board buys land for new Galax school

    The Galax City School Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a Kipling Lane property for the development of a new elementary school.

    The board has discussed the possibility of building a new elementary and middle school on the site, which sits in a residential neighborhood in the Fries Road community.