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Education

  • County: school offer is all-or-nothing

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Take it or leave it.

    That’s what the Grayson County Board of Supervisors wants the school board to know about its offer to give $1.1 million above the required minimum funding for the school system in the coming fiscal year.

  • Galax sets June 13 as graduation date

    Galax City Public Schools has set June 13 as the Galax High School graduation date.

    GHS 1997 graduate Sarah B. Hiza, Ph.D., has been selected as the graduation speaker this year. Hiza went on to obtain degrees from both Virginia Tech and the University of Akron and works in propulsion systems.

    In other action at recent meetings, the board:

  • Chalfant resigns as Grayson school chief

    UPDATE:

    The Grayson County School Board held a special called meeting on May 25, where members voted unanimously 5-0 to accept the superintendent’s resignation. The meeting was the first for Larry Bartlett, sworn in earlier that day after he was appointed by a circuit court judge to fill the vacant Oldtown District seat on the school board.

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Embattled Grayson County Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant is stepping down.

  • Grayson makes cuts to personnel

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board voted 3-1 last at its May 11 meeting to reduce the school system’s support staff positions by 16 to help balance its 2015-2016 operating budget.

    In April, the board voted to reduce 11 teaching positions as part of the reduction in force plan, but failed to approve the staff reductions.

  • Jones named Grayson teacher of the year

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Fairview Elementary School first grade teacher Melissa Jones is the 2015 Grayson County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

    Jones, who has taught either kindergarten or first grade in Grayson schools during all of her 29 years as a teacher, received word of her selection during a special reception at the Grayson National Bank Conference Center.

  • Grayson approves school budget

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – When Shannon Holdaway, vice chairman of the Grayson County School Board, adjourned the May 6 special called meeting and budget work session, he said the deficit was $1.22 million.

    Things changed in the days between that session and the regular meeting Monday night, when the school board approved a budget that has caused a great deal of controversy in recent weeks, due to personnel and program cuts.

  • Galax schools to offer raises, bring back cut positions

    The Galax school system is offering raises for teachers and adding some teaching positions after scaling back its staff over the past couple of years.

    Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill presented the fiscal year 2015-2016 budget for the school system at Galax City Council’s meeting last month.

    (Council held a public hearing on the school budget Monday.)

    Sturgill explained that the revenue summary shows a reduction in state funds of $332,000, but $210,000 of that drop is from an expired grant that paid for extending the school year.

  • Judge to pick new school board member

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board met in closed session for almost five hours Wednesday night but failed to agree on a replacement for the Oldtown District seat left vacant by Hobert Bailey, who resigned last month.

    Board members went into closed session at the special called meeting shortly after 6 p.m. to interview the four people who submitted letters of interest for Bailey’s seat.

    The four contenders are Diane Haynes, Larry Bartlett, Chris Sutherland and Keith Andrews.

  • School board finds few budget solutions

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — At a work session April 27, the Grayson County School Board found more questions than answers as members tried to balance the 2015-2016 operating budget.

    Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant presented a revised budget for board members to consider.

    Chalfant said in a statement to The Gazette, “the numbers are all dependent on student count, so depending on which number we plug in, the amount to cut will vary.”

  • GCHS Prom 2015

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — About 300 danced the night away at Grayson County High School’s annual Junior-Senior Prom on April 25.

    The prom’s theme this year was “If Only for One Night.” The event was coordinated by GCHS teacher Amanda Brewer, who was assisted by many volunteers.