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Education

  • Land bought for new school could still benefit students

    As the city moves forward with plans to renovate and expand Galax Elementary, what will become of the property the school system initially bought to build a new school?

    The school system bought 62 acres of land near Fries Road that was originally going to be the site of a new GES, before cost estimates made it clear that renovating and upgrading the existing building would be much more feasible.

    At a recent school board meeting, Superintendent Bill Sturgill said he still felt good about the land purchase, and talked about alternative plans for its use.

  • City moving forward with GES project

    A loan will pay for the first phase of an expansion and remodeling project at Galax Elementary, after city council took action to approve a bond ordinance.

    At their December meeting, council members learned that the city had been approved for a project loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    In January, the city began the process of securing a bridge loan to use as working funds during the GES project’s construction. The USDA loan would then be used to pay off the bridge loan and serve as the loan’s mortgage.

  • Security measures protect schools

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools is re-emphasizing the importance of maintaining a secure and safe learning environment by expanding modernized, state-of-the art security systems across the district.

    The measures aren’t in response to recent school shootings, like the incident in Parkland, Fla., but have been an ongoing security measure. The use of these types of systems was first introduced to Carroll schools in 2014, and has been in daily use at Carroll County Middle School (CCMS) for approximately the past 2 years.

  • Carroll sets budget goal

    HILLSVILLE – At its second meeting to discuss the operating budget for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, the Carroll County School Board heard a report on how education is linked to economic development.

    Tammy Quesenberry, finance supervisor for Carroll County Public Schools, presented an analysis highlighting intended budget goals.

    According to the report, the school system would like to focus on support instruction, which promotes student achievement in a safe learning environment.

  • 4-H teaches youth about drug, alcohol dangers

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Middle School (CCMS) hosted an extensive youth awareness program throughout this week to educate students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

    4-H Agent Jonette Mungo of Virginia Cooperative Extension led the awareness program with the help of CCMS’ health and physical education staff.

  • Grayson builds up vocational program

    INDEPENDENCE — A few new initiatives have sparked in the Grayson County Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center’s building trades program, and with them ride the hopes of seeing an uptick in the program’s interest in upcoming years.

    In response to lower enrollment numbers in the building trades program last year, two new efforts were recently put into place. Overall, the class underwent a major transition last semester as staff considered the option of putting together larger commissionable building projects for Grayson County citizens.

  • Barter Theatre honors young playwrights

    HILLSVILLE — Four Carroll County High School (CCHS) students reached the semi-final round of competition for the Young Playwrights Festival, hosted by the Barter Theatre in Abingdon.

    The school reports that approximately 125 students wrote individually or in teams for the contest, which just this year received more than 300 entries from schools across the Barter Theatre service area of Virginia and Tennessee. Two plays submitted from CCHS withstood the competition and earned honors to advance to the semi-final round.

  • CCHS begins metal detector drills

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County High School will use walk-through metal detectors at various times throughout the remainder of the school year.

    “This procedure will be conducted in a similar manner to fire and lock down drills” said CCHS Principal Chuck Thompson, “and is merely being adopted to familiarize personnel and students with the presence of the equipment and how it works.”

  • Police investigate GHS threat

    Rumors of a threat from a student on Thursday at Galax High School proved to be without merit, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    At 3:35 p.m. on Jan. 25, School Resource Officer Vickie Taylor became aware that a student, who was absent that day, had made threatening remarks. She immediately began an investigation.

    Because the information was received after school hours, said Clark, it “changed the way we reacted. If it had been during the school day, we would have handled it differently.”

  • Grayson SOL scores rising

    INDEPENDENCE ― Student test scores are climbing in across the board in Grayson County schools, when compared to the previous year’s first semester.

    During the school board’s Jan. 15 meeting, Grayson Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore began his monthly address by presenting board members with a list of state Standards of Learning (SOL) test scores for the first semester of 2017-18, in direct comparison with the first semester of 2016-17.