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Education

  • Grayson school board chairman resigns

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Hobert Bailey, chairman of the Grayson County School Board, has resigned.

    Bailey has been a member of the board representing the Oldtown District for the past 16 years. He could not be reached for comment on Friday.

    School board member Wynn Combs made the motion to accept Bailey’s resignation at last Thursday night’s school board meeting. School board member Fred Weatherman seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously.

  • County gives schools $1 million, with conditions

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors proposed approving more than $1 million more in funding for schools than the state requires – but only if school officials meet several special requirements. County Administrator Jonathan Sweet unveiled the proposal for the coming fiscal year at an April 15 budget work session for supervisors.

  • Parents ask school chief to resign

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Tracy Anderson, representing the 500-plus-member Grayson Citizens for Better Schools, called for the resignation of Grayson County School Superintendent Kevin Chalfant during last Thursday’s regular school board meeting.

    The meeting was originally set for the library at the Independence Middle School, but was moved to the auditorium when the crowd swelled to around 300 people.

  • Parents ask county to take over school budget

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Representatives of a recently formed citizens’ group told the board of supervisors on Thursday that they feel schools in Grayson County are being mismanaged.

    Although the two representatives from a 500-member group called Grayson County Citizens for Better Schools each asked supervisors to exercise more control over how Grayson schools are run, supervisors who responded said they are limited in what they can do.

  • More students bring more money to Galax schools

    While school systems in neighboring counties are dealing with lost funds due to drops in student population, Galax is seeing the opposite.

    The Galax School Board last month asked the city to amend the 2015 fiscal year education budget to show an increase of $237,140 in state and federal funding.

    Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill told Galax City Council members at their March 9 meeting that the division received more money than it budgeted for, due to having more students than anticipated.

  • Finalists named for WCC presidency

    RICHMOND — The State Board for Community Colleges has certified four finalists for the position of president at Wytheville Community College.

    A series of public forums is set April 6-9 for interactions with individual candidates. Each session is 3-4 p.m. in Snyder Auditorium at WCC. A 10-minute presentation by the candidate each day will be followed by a question and answer session

  • Even in best case, Carroll schools will cut jobs

    HILLSVILLE — Due to a drastic drop in enrollment, the Carroll County School Board has passed a budget for the 2015-2016 school year that could result in the loss of up to 19 positions in the school system.

  • Attendance policy changes coming in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE – After months of discussions between parents, school board members and administrators, it appears changes are on the horizon for Grayson County’s student attendance policy for next year.

    The topic has been debated since last November, when a family with children in Grayson County schools brought the board members concerns over a threat of legal action from the division.

    Vice Chairman Shannon Holdaway led the charge from the board’s perspective and continued to push administrators to make the changes necessary.

  • With town's support, CCMS could get safety lights

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Town Council will support the Carroll County School Board’s resolution to install a set of flashing lights at Carroll County Middle School.

    School Board Chairman Brian Spencer and Vice Chairman Joey Haynes presented the idea at council’s March 9 meeting, and explained that they had contacted the Virginia Department of Transportation with their request.

  • School board member questions teacher attendance policy

    INDEPENDENCE — A hot topic over the last few months at Grayson County School Board meetings has been about the amount of time staff members throughout the division are allowed to take off.

    Shannon Holdaway, vice chairman of the school board, has expressed multiple times that — while he understands the two issues are separate — he feels the county is penalizing parents for keeping students home from school, but allowing employees to take time away from the classroom for illness.