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Education

  • 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.’”

  • Harvey's influence still felt in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Dr. Sidney Harvey, a former superintendent and educator with Grayson County Public Schools, passed away this week after a long illness.

    Harvey dedicated more than 40 years of service in education, many of those years with the Grayson County school system.

    Harvey served the county from 1964, when he came in as supervisor and later director of instruction. He served as the system’s assistant superintendent of instruction before he became superintendent in 1986. He served as the superintendent through 1995.

  • Galax schools change attendance policy

    Galax schools are fighting chronic absenteeism with a change in policy that will require written permission for each time a student misses school.

    The Galax School Board approved the policy at the June 13 meeting, after Galax Elementary School’s Assistant Principal Emily Boyles outlined some of the changes.

    “The policy will be in all student handbooks,” said Boyles. “Also, a copy of the new policy will be sent home or mailed to all families. There will be copy of the policy on the district website.”

  • Grayson rejects middle school sports proposal

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board has rejected a proposal that would have allowed 6th graders to participate in middle school athletics.

    The proposal was brought up at the June meeting to give board members the opportunity to discuss it at the July 10 meeting.

    The first question board member Fred Weatherman asked was, “why?”

  • CCHS named one of Virginia's top schools

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County High School has been recognized by Virginia Living Magazine as one of Virginia’s top high schools and will be featured in an upcoming issue.

    “I would like to say that we are very proud that Carroll County High School is being recognized by Virginia Living magazine for its accomplishments,” said Assistant Superintendent Mark Burnette after receiving notification of the honor. “The administration and staff at the school deserve all of the credit for a job well done.”