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Education

  • State steps in as school system runs out of money

    By LARRY CHAMBERS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County school system’s financial crisis is over for the time being, but questions remain about how the problems began.

    After discovering a shortfall of $593,000 in the current year’s budget that meant the board might not be able pay teachers and bills, Chairman Larry Bartlett said during a special called meeting Friday night that funds had come in from the Virginia Department of Education and other sources in the amount of $2.06 million.

  • Board approves cut positions, supplement from county

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved a personnel report at its meeting June 2 that included the first layoffs as part of the support staff reduction plan approved last month.

    The layoffs included:

    • Bus drivers: John Wayne Davis, Lorrie Lamie.

    • Cafeteria workers: Linda Haynes, Sherri Coffey.

    • Aides: Tina Greer, Kandace Vaughan, Sandra Norman.

    • Custodian: Janet Moretz Isom.

  • Chairman says school funds mismanaged

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Larry Bartlett, newly appointed chairman of the Grayson County School Board, delivered some disturbing news during a called meeting Tuesday night.

    Bartlett said that, after working with auditors and Norma Quesinberry, the school system’s director of finance, it was determined that the county’s 2014-2015 education budget would have a shortfall of approximately $593,000.

  • School board names Bartlett new chairman

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Larry Bartlett moved up the ranks quickly on the Grayson County School Board.

    He was appointed May 22, sworn in Memorial Day and on Tuesday night, he was elected chairman.

    Gary Burris made the motion to elect Bartlett as chairman and Fred Weatherman seconded the motion and asked that Bartlett be elected by acclamation.

    There were no other nominations and the vote was unanimous, with Bartlett abstaining.

    Shannon Holdaway is vice chairman of the five-member board.

  • Grayson School Board calls emergency meeting

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board held an emergency called meeting May 30 at the central office in Independence.

    The meeting was called for the board to discuss accounting information with Norma Quesinberry, the school system’s director of finance. No action was taken after the meeting.

    A school auditor was scheduled to be at the central office on Monday to meet with Quesinberry.

  • Students honor their inspirations at banquet

    HILLSVILLE — Whether it was through years of careful mentoring, or just one perfect piece of advice given at the right moment, students will always remember the effort given by their teachers to ensure their success long after they don their caps and gowns and march across the stage for graduation.

  • Grayson School Board to choose chairman

    INDEPENDENCE — A special called meeting of the Grayson County School Board will be held Tuesday in the Independence Middle School library at 6 p.m.

    The meeting was rescheduled from June 1 due to conflicts with concurrent school sports events.

    One of the purposes is to elect a board chairman. The post has been vacant since former chairman Hobert Bailey resigned in April.

    The board will choose a chairman from among its members: Vice Chairman Shannon Holdaway, Fred Weatherman, Wynn Combs, Gary Burriss and Larry Bartlett.

  • Student initiative targets bullying

    HILLSVILLE — The world is already a difficult place without the added pressure and stress that come with school bullying, and that is what a group of students intend to combat and prevent through a new initiative.

    The Carroll County Special Projects Organization, formed in January 2013, was organized to provide a resource to students who had suffered from bullying, or who wished to become an advocate against bullying.

  • School board accepts Chalfant's resignation

    UPDATE:

    This week's special called meeting of the school board has changed from Monday to Tuesday at 6 p.m., due to conflicts with school sporting events.

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – It took the Grayson County School Board less than five minutes to accept the resignation of Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant during a special called meeting on Monday.

  • County: school offer is all-or-nothing

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Take it or leave it.

    That’s what the Grayson County Board of Supervisors wants the school board to know about its offer to give $1.1 million above the required minimum funding for the school system in the coming fiscal year.