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Education

  • Sisters a success story for migrant education

    LAUREL FORK  — Fernanda Garcia, 17, a senior at Carroll High, takes after her big sister, 22-year-old Adriana, in several ways.
    Fernanda got an idea for her career track from her sister, who’s already a registered nurse. The two siblings exercise together, too.
    And whenever Fernanda had a question about English, their second language, outside of school, she could go ask Adriana, the first person in her family to attend Carroll County Public Schools.

  • Nothing cool about this school

    HILLSVILLE — With the heating and air conditioning system removed from the main building at Carroll County High, people want to know, “how cool is school?”
    After the first day, staff and students knew the answer: Not very.
    The new school year commenced Aug. 13 as planned, with work to replace the HVAC system at the high school moving to the evening and early morning so as to not disturb classes.

  • Citizens make plea for Grayson resource officers

    INDEPENDENCE – Despite the pleas of citizens, the Grayson County School Board chose to take no action at its Aug. 12 meeting on a pending grant that would provide two additional School Resource Officers to the division this year.
    Last month, the Grayson Board of Supervisors approved a funding plan to pay 20 percent of the local match of the salary and benefits to add the SRO positions to both Grayson Highlands and Independence Middle schools.

  • Wrestling team on the ropes in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — A fan of Carroll County High School wrestling went to the mat for the team before the school board at its July meeting.
    In the midst of a realignment of grades at the high school and continuing upgrades on the heating and air conditioning system, the wrestling team has been moved out of its home of about 37 years, a heavily padded room on the second level near the gym that also had mechanical equipment in it.

  • Grayson resource officers' fates in question

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department received a grant from the Criminal Justice Services Board in June to add full-time school resource officers (SRO) to both Grayson Highlands School and Independence Middle School, but discussion at the last Grayson County School Board meeting could change that.
    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to fund the two SRO positions in a meeting June 27, but the grant requires Grayson to provide local effort funding, which would increase each year until it fully funded the positions on its own.

  • Paperwork piles up for schools HVAC project

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll supervisors completed the the county’s paperwork to proceed with replacing the heating and air conditioning at the high school at their meeting July 8.
    If it seems like there’s a lot of documentation between cooperating agencies — the county, the Industrial Development Authority, the school board and Rural Development, which will provide the $5 million — it’s because there is.

  • HVAC work causes calendar change

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County has delayed its fall school opening until Aug. 13 to give contractors at the high school extra time to complete demolition of the existing heating and air system, school board members decided last Thursday morning.
    The changes to the 2014 calendar came at the school board’s end-of-year close out meeting on June 27, where the members also approved the board’s part in facilitating the replacement of the high school’s close-to-obsolete mechanical system.

  • Grayson will back new police positions

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Supervisors approved a plan on June 27 that would accept grant money to add two school resource officers and a crime prevention officer to the sheriff department.
    Earlier this month, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that Grayson was among 24 localities that received a grant from the state Criminal Justice Services Board, which would pay a portion of the salaries and benefits for two additional school resource officers (SROs).

  • HVAC cost, timing cause concern in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE  — While latest bids for the heating and air conditioning replacement at Carroll County High School came in about $1 million higher than before, the length of time to replace the mechanical system caused even more concern for educators.
    Carroll Public Schools officials consider the need for updates to the heating and air a given, since the system has been operating ever since the facility was built in the 1960s.

  • School chief says drivers' backgrounds are checked

    HILLSVILLE — All Carroll County Public School employees go through an extensive checklist before starting work to protect the safety of students, according to schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship.
    A June 14 incident recently came to light, in which a substitute bus driver got pulled over by police for driving erratically. He was subsequently charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.
    This resulted in questions from the public about background checks for school employees, Blankenship told The Gazette.