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Education

  • Students get extra math help in city schools

    Galax Elementary School students are getting plenty of hands-on math education, according to teacher Tina Hampton.

    The educator recently made a presentation to the Galax School Board, featuring video of the elementary students learning math.

  • Grayson school board passes $20M budget

    INDEPENDENCE — After weeks of tracking funds, restoring order and prioritizing the needs of the school system, the Grayson County School Board and school administration have agreed on a budget for the 2016-17 school year.

    The budget approved by the school board on March 21 totals approximately $19.9 million; and includes federal funds totaling $2.4 million, state funds totaling $11.1 million and local funding of $5.7 million.

  • Carroll, Grayson schools on list of high achievers

    Staff Report

    The Virginia Board of Education is honoring 55 Title I schools and one school division for raising the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students.

    The list includes Oakland Elementary in Carroll County and Independence Elementary in Grayson County.

    The awards are based on student performance on Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years, according to a news release. Each school will receive a certificate celebrating its status and achievement.

  • Galax earns national Safe Routes award

    Taking a walk or a bike ride might net you better health and the peace of mind that comes with fresh air and (sometimes) sunshine, but seldom do you get an award for it.

    Last Wednesday at the Galax Elementary School gym, however, the Safe Routes to School program received one: the James L. Oberstar Award from the National Center for Safe Routes to School.

  • Bleacher removal begins at GCHS

    INDEPENDENCE — The scene is already shifting at Grayson County High School, as the long-awaited plan to replace the condemned football bleachers began with demolition on March 15.

    Demolition of the concrete bleachers started at 8:30 a.m. that day, and the community was invited to stop by the field and witness the backhoe crushing the existing structure into a pile of rubble.

  • Afterschool program gets kids excited about reading

    “To sum it up, so far in our year, we’ve seen students who have never before been excited about school showing up excited about staying after school,” said Galax Middle School teacher Sheila Ramey, who made a presentation about the 21st Century grant-funded afterschool reading program at the March 8 Galax School Board meeting.

    The program is the same that led to last semester’s trip to Biltmore, after 7th graders spent seven consecutive Mondays after school reading “Serafina and the Black Cloak.”

  • Carroll schools look back at 2015 successes

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools had a year full of accomplishments in 2015, from meeting accreditation standards and upgrading security to receiving national recognition for its STEM lab.

    Dr. Mark Burnette presented the top stories and achievements to the Carroll County School Board at the March monthly meeting.

  • Grayson budget plan includes new teachers

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board is still putting together the annual budget and, so far, the numbers look promising thanks in large part to contributions from the state.

    “I’ve seen a lot of budgets, and this is as good a one as I’ve ever seen,” said Superintendent Kelly Wilmore during the March 7 budget workshop session.

  • Carroll has top 'bots in state

    HILLSVILLE – A team of robot builders was among the award-winning students recognized at the Carroll County School Board’s March 8 meeting.

    The board also honored spelling and geography bee winners.

    Carroll County’s First LEGO League was recognized for its first-place finish in the VA-DC regional tournament. The team took home top honors in the category of Best Robot Design.

  • Carroll offers more options for health insurance, wellness

    HILLSVILLE – A third option for health insurance will be available for employees with the Carroll County Public Schools during open enrollment in August.

    The Carroll County School Board voted unanimously on March 8 to approve the addition of a high deductible plan with a health savings account, along with the other two plan options currently offered. This plan would be offered to employees at no cost for a single policy.