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Education

  • 4-H teaches youth about drug, alcohol dangers

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Middle School (CCMS) hosted an extensive youth awareness program throughout this week to educate students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

    4-H Agent Jonette Mungo of Virginia Cooperative Extension led the awareness program with the help of CCMS’ health and physical education staff.

  • Grayson builds up vocational program

    INDEPENDENCE — A few new initiatives have sparked in the Grayson County Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center’s building trades program, and with them ride the hopes of seeing an uptick in the program’s interest in upcoming years.

    In response to lower enrollment numbers in the building trades program last year, two new efforts were recently put into place. Overall, the class underwent a major transition last semester as staff considered the option of putting together larger commissionable building projects for Grayson County citizens.

  • Barter Theatre honors young playwrights

    HILLSVILLE — Four Carroll County High School (CCHS) students reached the semi-final round of competition for the Young Playwrights Festival, hosted by the Barter Theatre in Abingdon.

    The school reports that approximately 125 students wrote individually or in teams for the contest, which just this year received more than 300 entries from schools across the Barter Theatre service area of Virginia and Tennessee. Two plays submitted from CCHS withstood the competition and earned honors to advance to the semi-final round.

  • CCHS begins metal detector drills

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County High School will use walk-through metal detectors at various times throughout the remainder of the school year.

    “This procedure will be conducted in a similar manner to fire and lock down drills” said CCHS Principal Chuck Thompson, “and is merely being adopted to familiarize personnel and students with the presence of the equipment and how it works.”

  • Police investigate GHS threat

    Rumors of a threat from a student on Thursday at Galax High School proved to be without merit, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    At 3:35 p.m. on Jan. 25, School Resource Officer Vickie Taylor became aware that a student, who was absent that day, had made threatening remarks. She immediately began an investigation.

    Because the information was received after school hours, said Clark, it “changed the way we reacted. If it had been during the school day, we would have handled it differently.”

  • Grayson SOL scores rising

    INDEPENDENCE ― Student test scores are climbing in across the board in Grayson County schools, when compared to the previous year’s first semester.

    During the school board’s Jan. 15 meeting, Grayson Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore began his monthly address by presenting board members with a list of state Standards of Learning (SOL) test scores for the first semester of 2017-18, in direct comparison with the first semester of 2016-17.

  • 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.