• Early SOL scores look good for Galax

    Preliminary SOL scores indicate that Galax has again excelled, according to Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    “It’s still unofficial … we scored better in math this year than our three-year average,” he said, noting that “we’re seeing the same trend with English.”

    Sturgill informed the Galax School Board about the early results at the Sept. 13 meeting. He said he felt that the targeted remediation classes during mornings during intersession weeks were directly responsible for the upswing.

  • GHS student makes gift for firefighters as school project

    Brady White, now a senior at Galax High School, picked creating a wooden sign as a shop project in the school’s Career & Technical Education program during his junior year.

    The sign, which bears elements related to firefighting, is his gift to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department. “I’m with the fire department,” said White. “I’m an Explorer. I knew the machine was here [at school], and I wanted to do something with it, and this was the first thing I thought of.

  • Grayson SOLs show improvement

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools are celebrating a continued climb in Standards of Learning test scores, after receiving news that six out of seven schools in the system were fully accredited based on the 2015-16 results.

  • Vaughan wants to carry on predecessor's school goals

    INDEPENDENCE — Philip Vaughan, interim at-large member of the Grayson County School Board, has filed as a candidate in a special election Nov. 8 for the remainder of the term, following the sudden death of Vaughan’s friend and former board member Tim “T.T.” Carico.

    Vaughan, a Fries native and graduate of the school system, was selected by the board in August to serve as the at-large member for the remainder of the year. The special election will determine who holds the spot for the next three years, beginning in 2017.

  • Grayson turns school probe over to state police

    INDEPENDENCE — More than a year after the extent of the Grayson County Public Schools’ budget crisis was revealed, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors has turned over an investigation into the cause of the extreme shortfalls to the Virginia State Police.

    The board completed its investigation of the school system’s budget problems on July 27. It included a forensic audit that covered three years of school finances. Some findings have been turned over to state police and commonwealth’s attorney’s office.

  • Five file to run for school board in Grayson


    INDEPENDENCE – Five candidates filed and qualified last Friday afternoon for the special school board election in Grayson County to fill the unexpired term of the late Tim “T.T.” Carico.

    Candidates for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board had until 5 p.m. on Aug. 19 to file. They include Tracy A. “Zeke” Anderson, Robert Benish, James Davis and Ruth Ross, all of Independence; and Philip Vaughan of Fries.

  • Weight room dedicated in Carico's memory

    INDEPENDENCE — The August meeting of the Grayson County School Board included dedications to two former members of school administration, who were key in positively influencing the direction and growth of the school system.

    At the end of the meeting, the board recessed and reassembled at the Grayson County High School’s new weight room, for a special dedication to former school board member Tim “T.T.” Carico.

    Carico was elected to the school board this year. He died unexpectedly in July, from injuries sustained in an accident at his home.

  • Carroll test scores remain solid

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools has received preliminary Standards of Learning (SOL) scores from this spring’s testing, and the results show progress in some areas and room for improvement in others.

    Dr. Beverly Adams-Parker presented the scores to the school board during its regular monthly meeting on Aug. 9.

  • Anderson first to file for special election


    INDEPENDENCE – Tracy A. “Zeke” Anderson of Independence is the first candidate to file for the special school board election in Grayson County to fill Tim “T.T.” Carico’s unexpired term.

    According to the registrar’s office, Anderson submitted his paperwork and has qualified for the Nov. 8 special election. The deadline to file at the registrar’s office on the bottom floor of the Grayson County Courthouse is Aug. 19 at 5 p.m.

  • Galax considering GES renovation

    Architectural firms will be at the September meeting of the Galax School Board to discuss the possibility of renovating the existing elementary school in lieu of building another one in a different location.

    At the Aug. 9 school board meeting, Superintendent Bill Sturgill had noted previously that, while land for the new school had been purchased, estimates for the development and construction of an elementary school were much higher than anticipated.