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Education

  • School board member questions teacher attendance policy

    INDEPENDENCE — A hot topic over the last few months at Grayson County School Board meetings has been about the amount of time staff members throughout the division are allowed to take off.

    Shannon Holdaway, vice chairman of the school board, has expressed multiple times that — while he understands the two issues are separate — he feels the county is penalizing parents for keeping students home from school, but allowing employees to take time away from the classroom for illness.

  • School board approves $18.2M budget

    INDEPENDENCE – Citizens packed the room March 9 as the Grayson County School Board continued its discussion of where to make cuts to balance the budget – but most left with the same questions they had before the meeting.

    Facing more than $3.4 million in reductions for next year’s budget – mostly due to a continued drop in student enrollment – school board members have been looking everywhere to cut costs and save as many jobs as possible.

  • Carroll schools could cut positions

    HILLSVILLE — Due to a decline in student enrollment and a lack of state funding, the Carroll County School Board will be forced this year to consider cutting 13 to 15 staff positions within the school system for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget.

  • Grayson parents to board: don't close IMS

    INDEPENDENCE – Concerned citizens, parents and administrators took time to speak to the Grayson County School Board during the public comments portion of the board’s regular meeting on March 9, as board members continue to discuss where to cut the education budget.

    The board is facing more than $3.4 million in cuts for next year’s budget, mostly due to a drop in enrollment.

    In addition to potentially cutting 20 staff positions, the board is looking at options that could close some county schools and move students to those kept open:

  • HES receives 'Toolbox for Education' grant

    The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $4,780 grant to Hillsville Elementary School to be used for an outdoor learning center.

    Hillsville Elementary was one of more than 500 U.S. schools to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant improvement projects during the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Grayson outlines potential cuts, closings

    INDEPENDENCE – Employees of Grayson County Public Schools who won’t be retained for next year will likely find out within the next month.

    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant – along with Finance Director Norma Quesinberry and Director of Personnel Judy Greear – provided the school board with an updated budget during the second work session Monday night.

    Chalfant pointed out that legislatures have wrapped up their budget sessions and an approved budget has been sent to the governor.

  • Grayson schools could cut 20 positions

    INDEPENDENCE – No jobs are safe in the Grayson County School Division for next year as administrators look to cut up to 20 positions to balance next year’s budget.

    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant – along with Finance Director Norma Quesinberry and Director of Personnel Judy Greear – provided the school board a draft budget this week that included a reduction of 94 additional students and more than $3.4 million less revenue than budgeted.

  • Parent urges attendance policy change

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Yogi Berra wasn’t at the Feb. 9 Grayson County School Board meeting. But if he had been, the famed baseball figure, well-known for his witticisms, might have used one of his more recognized ones to describe it – “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

    Once again, the issue of the school system’s attendance policy arose, as it has in most of the board’s more recent meetings.

  • Bobbitt named one of state's best crossing guards

    “I’m flattered. I’m just speechless,” said Galax Elementary School Resource Officer Fred Bobbitt, who was honored with the Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guard Award by Virginia’s Safe Routes to School Program.

    Bobbitt, one of six to win the honor in the state, was nominated by Galax Safe Routes to School Director Linda Mock. On Feb. 11, Bobbitt received a balloon, Safe Routes to School merchandise and banana pudding.

  • Galax schools offer enriching experiences

    February brings the second remediation and enrichment intercession week of the year for Galax City Schools.

    Kids who need extra help in the key subjects of math and reading get a boost in the mornings, and everyone can enjoy enrichment classes in the afternoons.

    Making pinatas, videography, sign language, health and hygiene, basket weaving and how to make paper airplanes were some of the activities available.