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Education

  • 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.

  • Art school lands $500,000 for woodworking shop

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts made a giant leap forward with their Woodworking Studio project on Monday, when it was announced that they  received a $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
    The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development announced the grant on Monday, along with awards for 10 other projects in the ARC region that together total $2.2 million.

  • Teacher raise would cost Carroll $320,000

    HILLSVILLE — Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposed 2 percent raises for teachers would cost Carroll County Public Schools more than $320,000 to give all employees a pay increase.
    The governor’s proposal for fiscal year 2013-14 involves giving a “compensation supplement for Standards of Quality funded instructional positions,” as Carroll School Board officials discussed at their Jan. 12 meeting.
    Typically, school officials want to give across-the-board raises, not just to the teachers.