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Education

  • Improvement projects underway in Grayson schools

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Division School Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the school board at its Nov. 14 meeting that work is underway on the 2017-2018 school budget, and warned members to expect it to be “tight.”

    Wilmore said he was looking at ways to save money and to update school buildings.

  • Gift establishes scholarship for technical skills

    When Anne Vaughan of Galax had trouble finding a plumber and a bricklayer, she realized that the area needs a workforce trained in technical skills.

    She decided to do something about that, by donating $200,000 to Wytheville Community College for a new scholarship.

    Vaughan, widow of the late John Vaughan of Vaughan Furniture, presented the gift in a public announcement held at the Crossroads Institute last week.

  • Carroll recognizes students, teachers

    HILLSVILLE – Many special recognitions and accomplishments were praised at the November meeting of the Carroll County School Board. In addition to announcing the county’s finalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year, several other teachers and students were recognized and presented special projects they had done.

    An update was also provided on the AmeriCorps tutoring program in Carroll County schools. Tonyia Gibson, AmeriCorps Director, oversees 32 AmeriCorps tutors for Carroll County and 13 tutors in Floyd County.

  • Grayson will pay for teacher raises

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Although the state didn’t come across with its share, the Grayson County school system will still give employees a 2 percent raise as promised.

    Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the Grayson County School Board at its Nov. 14 meeting night that the school system worked hard to absorb the once-promised $84,000 from the state in the current budget.

    He thanked Ted Phillips, director of finance, for helping to rework the budget and come up with the funds for the raise.

  • Galax students prepare for life after high school

    The Galax High School’s annual College Application Week College Fair drew many colleges to the library on a Wednesday morning to offer students information and a chance to register, as well as drawing many students eager to plan their academic future.

  • Carroll names top teachers for 2016

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County has announced the finalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year. Recognized at the November regular monthly meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, 10 teachers were nominated, one from each school in the county. The winner will be announced at the board’s December meeting.

    The teachers included in this year’s list range in specialties and experience and all have shown dedication to their students throughout their different methods of teaching.

    Nominated teachers include:

  • Grayson initiative promotes vocational education

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors recently held a special meeting at the Grayson County High School’s Career and Technical Education Center to discuss potential programs that could assist in workforce development and job opportunities for students.

  • Fries students soak up New River knowledge

    Staff Report

    Ms. Blankenship’s 7th graders at Fries School joined Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC) staff at the New River for a day of aquatic study on Nov. 11.

    Students rotated through stations set up along the river just below the school and participated in citizen science activities.

  • Chromebooks donated to Oakland Elementary

    Students and teachers at Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County are the recipients of 12 new Google Chromebooks that have been donated in honor of two local residents.

    On Nov. 1, Shirley Harmon Steele and Patty Blankenheim presented the new laptops in honor of their late husbands. Carroll County School Board Chairman Brian Spencer and Oakland Principal Larry Williams accepted the computers on behalf of the students and teachers.

  • Center cultivates agricultural education

    INDEPENDENCE — The outdoor picnic area of Grayson County’s new hub for agricultural development was filled with local government officials, representatives of local agencies and citizens for a lively celebration on Nov. 15.

    The event was held in honor of the county’s recent announcement that the first phase of the Grayson Agricultural and Technical Education (GATE) Center has been completed.