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Education

  • School system requests additional funding

    INDEPENDENCE — Now that the school system has created a capital improvement plan, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore’s request for additional funding.

    Part of the money approved included a literary fund request that was tabled in August, following the board’s request for a capital improvement plan from the schools.

  • Former band director was inspiration to students

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County students and alumni took to social media last week, posting condolences and statements in memory of the Rev. Clarence Bonnell Young — known by many as “Doc” — a former band director for the school system who passed away Sept. 13, at age 57.

  • Scholarships build strong foundation for graduates

    After three decades, the Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education’s endowment is now worth more than $2.5 million and it has given away more $1 million in scholarships.

    This year, the foundation is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a fundraising dinner and a play at the Galax Municipal Golf Course Clubhouse on Sept. 29.

    The foundation is a group of individuals who are dedicated to making post-secondary education available to qualified graduates of the Galax school system.

  • Virginia facing teacher shortage

    Additional reporting by Landmark News Service

    As public schools across Virginia opened their doors for the new school year, many did so without all of the teachers they needed.

    That’s because of a growing exodus of experienced teachers and an unwillingness among many young people to go into a lower-paying field when they’re facing student-loan debt from college. Virginia also faces competition for teachers from other states who recruit nationally.

  • School officials address football field questions

    After a city council member raised questions about the need for a new artificial turf football field at Galax High School, given the $879,000 cost, school officials decided to address the issue directly in an interview with The Gazette.

    “I think it’s time we attempt to answer the football field [question], but in the attempt, we’re going to answer some other things,” said Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    The field is already completed and was dedicated last month.

  • GHS launches $650K campaign for fitness center

    Good things came from the life of Curtis Bartlett.

  • Lead testing completed ahead of schedule

    Beginning July 1, schools in Virginia were required by a new state law to test their drinking water for lead.

    Galax schools have already completed the required testing and fixed the problems found, said Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    He reported on lead testing at the Galax School Board’s August meeting.

  • Citizens speak on behalf of former coach

    INDEPENDENCE – More citizens attended the Grayson County School Board’s Aug. 14 meeting in a continuing expression of support of former coach Charles Campbell.

    Campbell, a long-time eighth grade head baseball coach, and a full-time assistant with the varsity team for the first time this past spring, was not renewed as the assistant varsity baseball coach earlier this year. During the school board’s June meeting, Campbell was relieved of his duties with the varsity with a 4-1 vote from the board.

  • Grayson plans school renovations

    INDEPENDENCE — The county and school boards continued to clash over the school budget this month, when a request to approve funding for renovation projects at the high school was tabled, pending a presentation of the school’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan.

  • New school chief, new schedule for Carroll schools

    HILLSVILLE — “It has been glorious,” said Dr. Shirley Perry of the welcome she’s received from the Carroll County school community.

    “I’ve been very well-received. Everyone has been so kind and welcoming, and here to say, ‘If you need me, let me know. I’m here to help any way that I can.’”