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Education

  • Grayson schools must give back unused funds

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors recently approved a request from the school board to appropriate the remaining balance of the Fiscal Year 2016 school board budget.

    The supervisors discussed and approved this motion with an amendment requesting the return of carryover funds during their April 14 meeting.

  • Four sets of twins set to graduate from GHS

    Twelve years ago, The Gazette ran a picture of something remarkable: six sets of twins, identical and fraternal, all going through the Galax school system, all in elementary school.

    Now, poised at the brink of their senior year’s end, four sets of them are still in the school system and agreed to recreate the original picture.

  • Grayson plans Wall of Fame for athletes

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School officials are reaching out to surrounding school systems for ideas to revive and update the high school’s Sports Wall of Fame to include current and past athletes who deserve the spotlight.

  • Scholarships opened doors for recipients

    Staff Report

    In the mid 1980s, a Galax School Board inquiry lead to a discovery that the ratio of the city’s high school graduates going on to college or another form of higher education was below both the national and state average.

    The board also found that this fact was significantly impacted by the financial limitations and expectations of parents and students.

  • Students learn rules of the road

    INDEPENDENCE — Sixteen years and three months: this is the minimum age requirement set by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for a driver’s license, which makes 16 an age of important milestones for both teenagers and their parents.

    This is a time when students begin taking on important responsibilities for the safety of themselves and others, while parents simultaneously begin to step back and trust their kids to handle these responsibilities.

  • Galax sets end of school, graduation date

    The Galax School Board voted unanimously to set the last day of school at June 10 and graduation day at June 11.

    Additionally, the first day of the fall semester will be Aug. 15.

    There was a little discussion at the April 12 meeting about proper placement of the last day of school; according to Superintendent Bill Sturgill, “That would give us two days short of what we originally planned for. Thanks to [Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell], she spent some time calculating the hours.

  • Grayson considers school calendar changes

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County schools could switch from a six-week to a nine-week grading period to better align with the system’s pacing guide and give a more accurate picture of student performance.

    If approved, it would also mean a later start for the school year and less work for teachers.

    Susan Funk, supervisor of education and state/federal programs, presented the first reading of the proposed 2016-17 school calendar at the Grayson County School Board meeting on March 14.

  • Budget will allow Galax schools to grow

    Galax City Schools will be able to both offer raises and hire more positions, thanks to a dramatic increase in funding from the state, Superintendent Bill Sturgill told school board members in a brief budget meeting on March 22.

    The budget as presented at the meeting was preliminary. The final proposed budget will be voted on at the next board meeting and presented to Galax City Council for official approval at the April 25 meeting.

  • Carroll school budget totals $42.5 million

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools’ proposed budget for 2016-2017 totals $42.5 million, up around $1.9 million from the current year.

    The school board submitted its proposed budget to the Carroll County Board of Supervisors on March 29. The total includes $11.8 million in local money, an increase of $228,900 over the current year’s budget.

    The good news is that state funding will increase. Challenges include increasing special education needs, salary increases and larger class sizes.

  • Students get extra math help in city schools

    Galax Elementary School students are getting plenty of hands-on math education, according to teacher Tina Hampton.

    The educator recently made a presentation to the Galax School Board, featuring video of the elementary students learning math.