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Education

  • Home school sports bill sacked in Senate

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    RICHMOND – Down goes Tebow.
    The bill, that is.
    Legislation to let home schooled students join public school sports teams was defeated Feb. 14 in the Senate Education and Health Committee, where similar bills have failed in previous years.
    The perennial proposal from Del. Rob Bell (R-Albemarle County) would achieve that by prohibiting public schools from joining an interscholastic governing body, such as the Virginia High School League, that bars home schoolers from public school sports.

  • GES wins $10,000 for special needs class

    Galax Elementary School has officially won this year’s UCT Gives Back contest. The school’s Cooperative Care Center for Exceptional Children will receive a $10,000 prize, which will be used to buy materials for the students.
    “It has been a whole community event... one of the most uniting things I’ve seen in Galax in a long time,” said GES Assistant Principal Sonia Truitt, noting that an outpouring of support came in from the Galax, Carroll County and Grayson County communities.

  • Educators react to state's school grading plans

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and CHRISTOPHER BROOKE, Staff
    and Landmark News Service

  • PTO wants art back in Grayson schools

    INDEPENDENCE – The president of the Grayson Highlands Parent Teacher Organization has asked the county school board to consider putting art classes back into the elementary schools in the upcoming budget.
    Amy Donnely was the only speaker during a public hearing on the proposed 2013-14 budget for the Grayson County Public Schools System last week.

  • CCHS auxiliary gym put on hold

    HILLSVILLE — While Carroll County officials have applied for funding to replace the heating and air conditioning system at the high school, the idea to build an auxiliary gym there may have to wait awhile.
    The Carroll supervisors briefly discussed both project ideas as amendments to a five-year capital improvement plan at their regular meeting Feb. 11.

  • School security measures pass Senate panel

    RICHMOND – A Virginia legislative committee has advanced three bills intended to improve school safety.
    The bills were recommended by a task force appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell in response to the December mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
    The bills endorsed Feb. 11 by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee include:

  • Bomb threat determined to be hoax

    INDEPENDENCE ― A bomb threat at Grayson County High School on Feb. 12 turned out to be a hoax.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said he received a call around noon that day from Grayson school administrator Steve Cornett in reference to a bomb threat found written on a bathroom wall at GCHS.

  • Officer Bobbitt watching over GES

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    As Galax Elementary students flooded the hallways of the school on the way to their respective classrooms, a protective figure stood amongst them, keeping a safe watch.
    The school’s new student resource officer Fred Bobbitt offered friendly greetings to the students as they walked by, receiving toothy smiles and emphatic waves in return.
    “I’m willing to bet that you’ve gotten more hugs this week than you’ve ever had,” laughed Principal Brian Stuart.

  • Carroll schools want to step up security measures

    HILLSVILLE — County officials have mentioned concerns about safety in Carroll Public Schools in the wake of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., so what new measures are under consideration?
    School leaders have requested $4.45 million under the capital improvement project line item from the Carroll County supervisors for fiscal year 2013-2014.
    Most of that, if budgeted, would get earmarked for the replacing the aging heating and air conditioning system at Carroll County High School.

  • Buses can travel south on U.S. 52

    RICHMOND — State transportation officials have worked out a plan to allow Carroll County school buses to use southbound U.S. 52, without having to pass legislation to do it, according to Del. Anne B. Crockett-Stark.