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Education

  • Council wants more info on new school plan

    The Galax Planning Commission will have a second opportunity to vote on a recommendation for the approval of a conditional use permit for Galax City Schools to build a new elementary school in the city.
    A request for a possible expansion of the school system brought a substantial divide within the community last month. A lengthy discussion about the construction of a school on a property located off of Kipling Lane and portions of Kenbrook Drive resulted in a split vote from the planning commission.

  • Coach resigns in wake of charges

    WYTHEVILLE — Howard S. Ingo, a former coach, teacher and administrator with Carroll County schools, has resigned from his coaching post at George Wythe High School after he was charged with  hazing and corporal punishment of a football player.
    Ingo, 47, was suspended with pay after he was charged in March.
    Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, the special proscutor in the case, said the two misdemeanor charges were filed after an investigation of complaints.

  • School calendar changes, but not 'year-round'

    Students in Galax won’t be going to class year-round, but educators have spent nearly all this school year developing a new schedule.
    After months of discussions, research and drafted proposals, the Galax City School Board has approved a final calendar proposal for the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Buses a critical need in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Having received a level funding request from the school system for fiscal year 2014-2015, Carroll County supervisors suggested that educators try to find efficiencies in their other major need — a capital improvement request for new buses.

  • New gym debt likely $184,000 per year

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll officials have an answer to their question about the financial impact of building an auxiliary gym at the high school.
    County supervisors earlier in March requested a financial analysis of the idea to build an auxiliary gym and related facilities, including a connection between the main building and the field house to keep students from going outside as they change classes.

  • Galax's new school plan on hold

    Galax City Public Schools’ recent request for a conditional use permit to build a new elementary school in the city was tabled during Galax City Council’s March 24 meeting, after a lengthy discussion resulted in a split vote among members of the Galax Planning Commission.
    Discussions were long — and, at times, heated — during the two-and-a-half-hour session that evening. Following statements from five concerned citizens, members of both council and the planning commission became divided in their opinions about the school system’s request.

  • Grayson schools ask for more in budget

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board is asking county supervisors for $250,000 above the minimally required funding for the 2014-2015 school year, to help fund building renovations, the purchase of a new school bus and laptops for the students.
    Although budget plans are still in their early stages, the two groups are openly discussing their options to continue meeting each other’s goals.

  • Sheriff's department participates in Operation Safe Stop

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan announced that his office will be collaborating with other law enforcement agencies and school officials to conduct Operation Safe Stop Day today, Wednesday.
    This campaign involves raising public awareness to the dangers of passing school buses that are picking up and discharging children. Law enforcement officers will be following school buses on their routes and observing selected bus stops.  Motorists who violate the law and pass stopped school buses will be charged.

  • Galax school calendar breaks with tradition

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    There is less than one month left before Galax City Public Schools will have a final decision on a calendar for the 2014-2015 school year.
    After looking into the possibility of a balanced calendar — a new concept that includes periods throughout the school year for breaks, remediation and enrichment activities — Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill will soon have to decide whether he wants to recommend the new concept or the traditional calendar to the school board next month.

  • Educators fear state funding shortfall

    RICHMOND — Don’t be fooled by gaudy figures of proposed state public school funding, say education officials.
    Whatever lawmakers do, whenever they do it, education advocates fear appropriations will fall short of past funding levels.
    From teacher pay, to support staff funding, to pension plan changes, educators in Virginia say recent policy changes have left them scrambling to adjust in an era when state-per-pupil spending hasn’t recovered to 2009 levels.