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Education

  • Grayson to refinance $18M of school debt

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County will seek permanent financing through the Virginia Public School Authority for debt associated with school construction, following a public hearing earlier this month.
    Supervisors heard no comments during the hearing, in which County Administrator Jonathan Sweet proposed the issuance of an estimated $18 million general obligation school bond.
    Sweet prefaced the public hearing by noting that the $18 million was borrowed for construction of Grayson Highlands School in the western part of the county and remodeling of Fries School.

  • GHS principal resigns

    Galax High School Principal Dr. Jody Ray has announced his resignation from the position.
    The school is advertising a job opening to fill the vacancy.
    Assistant Schools Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell told The Gazette that Ray has resigned from the position for personal reasons. “He was a nice and effective principal and we will miss him,” she said. “We wish him the best in the future, and we know that he will be very successful.”
    Ray has held the job as principal at the high school for two years.

  • Grayson supervisors counter school budget request

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Supervisors have approved a counter offer to the school board following a request of more than $600,000 in additional funding for education.
    The school board presented requests for both the current budget (2012-13) and next year’s budget (2013-14) for the supervisors to consider during a joint meeting held last month.

  • Rooftop launches Early Head Start

    Continuing the legacy of Rooftop of Virginia CAP’s Head Start program, the agency is now offering a new program called Early Head Start to benefit pregnant women and children ages birth through three years.
    Early Head Start is serving 116 families throughout the Twin Counties.
    Child services specialist Joan Weaver says that children in this age range “need early childhood development experiences that honor their unique characteristics and provide love, worth and positive learning experiences.

  • Cuts balance Carroll school budget

    HILLSVILLE  — One Carroll teaching position will be eliminated as a result of a funding shortfall for the tight 2014 budget, schools officials said at their Tuesday board meeting.
    For the remainder of the gap, Carroll County Public Schools will share the impact as their health insurance offerings are shifted to less expensive plans.
    Many of the school board members sat in the audience during Monday’s Carroll Board of Supervisors meeting as the supervisors funded 98 percent of the education request.

  • Carroll dedicates renovated schools

    HILLSVILLE — Bands played, choruses sang and ribbons were cut while students and staff cheered the completion of construction work at Carroll County high and intermediate schools on April 2.
    Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship told the students at both schools that wrapping up the additions and renovations for phase III construction caps off a decade-and-a-half of work in a countywide effort to improve facilities in Carroll.

  • VIDEO: Galax Middle School Choir performance

     

    The Galax Middle School Choir recently entertained the city's school board with a selection of songs. At the board's February meeting, the choir lined up behind a row of shelves in the GHS library, where they performed two songs: "Hot Chocolate" and "Amani Utupe Na Ustawi," which means "Grant us peace, give us courage" in Swahili. Four members of the choir have made it into the all-district choir, while nine submissions had been accepted for the state middle school choir.

  • Grayson leaders discuss school projects, budget

    INDEPENDENCE — Superintendent Kevin Chalfant’s new ideas and goals for the next school year in Grayson County include completing a $60,000 renovation project to improve athletic facilities at the high school and increasing staff salaries by 3 percent.
    Chalfant shared his ideas March 18 at a combined meeting of the Grayson Board of Supervisors and Grayson School Board to discuss the county’s 2013-14 education budget.

  • Board asks Carroll for more school funding

    HILLSVILLE — The increased revenue that county schools will request from the Carroll supervisors won’t even cover the new expenses coming from state and federal government mandates, the school board discussed at its March 14 meeting.
    And educators still don’t know what the impacts on federal programs that sequestration will have on Carroll schools.
    The changes to federal and state revenues that Superintendent Strader Blankenship discussed in his first budget presentation aren’t huge at this point.

  • School board to hold special called meeting

    A special called meeting of the Grayson County School Board will be held on

    March 18 at 6 p.m. in the Grayson County Courthouse Boardroom. The purpose is to discuss the school budget and to take action on the VPSA Financing Bonds Resolution.