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Education

  • School chiefs applaud potential SOL changes

    RICHMOND — Local school superintendents reacted positively to the state Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee’s first round of interim recommendations released earlier this month.

    The 12 recommendations will now be sent to the Board of Education and the General Assembly, detailing ways to reform the SOL assessments, recognize and promote student growth and encourage creativity in the classroom.


  • Service animal policy causes board to pause

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board discussed a number of changes to school policies and program of studies this month, and tabled a policy about service animals on school grounds after one board member expressed concern over visitors being denied access to a school event.

    Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Burnette presented the changes at the Dec. 9 meeting.

  • Galax delays selection of new school architect

    The Galax School Board has decided to delay taking action on proposals from two architectural and engineering firms regarding a new elementary school.

    The board discussed the proposals on Dec. 9, at a meeting in the current elementary school’s library.

    The two firms, Hughes & Associates and Thompson & Litton, submitted proposals to design the new elementary school on the Kipling Lane property that the school system recently bought.

  • Teachers: don't cut salaries to fix budget

    INDEPENDENCE – As Grayson County administrators look to make up a $500,000 budget deficit, the division’s education association president suggests they avoid reducing teachers’ pay.

    Grayson County Education President Rebecca Absher spoke to the school board at its regular meeting this week after rumors began circulating that administrators were considering cuts that would affect teachers’ pay.

  • Mitchell named Carroll Teacher of the Year

    HILLSVILLE — Frederick L. Mitchell, a chemistry teacher at Carroll County High School, has been named the school system’s Teacher of the Year for 2014.

    Mitchell was surprised with the award during class on Nov. 14, just a few days after he and the other nominees were recognized at the Carroll School Board’s Nov. 11 meeting. “They showed up with [the award] and some treats for me and my students to all enjoy,” he said on Monday.

  • 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.