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Education

  • Robotics team could assemble in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board has received a proposal to form a First LEGO League (FLL) Robotics Team for students in fourth through eighth grades.

    At its Oct. 14 meeting, the school board heard information about the league from Shanda Sinnett, a gifted specialist for Carroll County Public Schools.

    According to the proposal, the First LEGO League introduces students in grades 4-8 to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.

  • Grayson tightens school food rules

    INDEPENDENCE – Students can now be excluded from extra-curricular activities in Grayson County if their cafeteria debt isn’t taken care of.

    Grayson School Board members voted this month to pass a new charge and collections policy for debt that has gotten out of hand.

    The division’s Director of Personnel, Judy Greear, approached the board during its regular meeting in September to discuss what she called a “spiraling problem” over the last few years – debt in the cafeterias.

  • Carroll to upgrade school security

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Schools has received nearly $100,000 in school security equipment grants.

    The grant awards are part of a $6 million grant disbursement approved by Gov. Terry McAuliffe in September. According to a news release, the grant funds were split to assist 100 school divisions in the state, as well as six regional education programs. Funds will help buy video monitoring systems, direct communications links between schools and law enforcement agencies and other security upgrades in 373 schools and other buildings.

  • Board buys land for new Galax school

    The Galax City School Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a Kipling Lane property for the development of a new elementary school.

    The board has discussed the possibility of building a new elementary and middle school on the site, which sits in a residential neighborhood in the Fries Road community.

  • Grayson puts bleachers on hold

    INDEPENDENCE – Upgrades to the Grayson County High School bleachers have been put on hold indefinitely after initial costs estimates — and a potential budget shortfall for the school division — came in higher than expected.

    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant updated the school board on estimated costs for the aging bleachers after receiving information from The Lane Group.

  • WCC president announces retirement

    WYTHEVILLE — Wytheville Community College President Charlie White announced that he will retire effective June 30, 2015.

    White has served as president since May 2006. He announced his plans to faculty and staff at a recent beginning-of-term meeting at the college.

    White has worked in various positions within the Virginia Community College System since 1971, including a long period at New River Community College in Dublin.

  • Remediation, enrichment classes kick off in Galax

    Galax City Schools will offer remediation and enrichment for students next week, and again in February. Funded by a Virginia Department of Education planning grant, the programs are in their first year and school administration has high hopes for them.

    “I don’t know of anywhere else that’s doing anything like this,” said Assistant Schools Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell.

  • CCHS one of state's top schools

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County High School has received recognition by Virginia Living magazine as one of the top schools in the state.

    CCHS will be featured in the publication’s October edition, Director of School Improvement Beverly Adams-Parker said at the Carroll County School Board’s Sept. 9 meeting.

  • Galax among state's few fully accredited schools

    Along with only 21 school divisions out of Virginia’s 132 total, Galax City Public Schools achieved full accreditation from the Virginia Department of Education.

    This information was released Sept. 16 by the VDOE.

    The percentage of schools meeting state accreditation standards lessens for a second consecutive year as a result of the more rigorous reading, writing, science and mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests introduced since 2011, according to the VDOE.

  • Slime Time at St. Paul School

    CANA — When Special Education teacher Jacob Adams sat down on the chair in front of the St. Paul School entrance, he wasn’t quite prepared for the bucket of bright green slime two students were holding just inches behind his head.

    Outwardly, he remained calm until the mob of students flanking both entrances to the building started counting down in unison: “Five…Four…Three…Two…One!”