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Education

  • 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.

  • Grayson school budget short $172K

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved its 2013-14 budget on March 11 with a more than $172,000 shortfall on the revenue side.
    Board members will hold a joint budget work session with county supervisors on March 18 to try and close the gap.
    The budget, with revenues totaling $20.7 million, includes a 3 percent raise for all staff and will likely be tweaked in the coming months as the board looks at replacing old vehicles and cost savings associated with an early retirement plan.

  • Galax Elementary receives $10K grand prize check

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    City officials, school faculty, staff and students gathered in the auditorium of Galax Elementary School on March 8 to celebrate the school’s Cooperative Center for Exceptional Children’s victory in the UCT Gives Back Contest.
    Several representatives of United Commercial Travelers, including CEO Joe Hoffman, arrived at the school to present the class with its $10,000 prize.
    The school won the national contest, in which supporters voted for the class’ entry online.

  • Affordable Care Act unhealthy for schools?

    HILLSVILLE — Even as Carroll County schools struggle with implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the 2014 budget year, they also fear a decrease in the quality of health care coverage over the long term.
    Effects of the new health care law championed by President Barack Obama dominated the March 7 school board budget meeting as Carroll officials discussed how they as a large employer can keep from running afoul of the fines and fees coming down the pike.

  • Tablet opens world for autistic teen

    HILLSVILLE — Having autism is kind of like being in a foreign country and not speaking the language, but one parent has found that an iPad can help bridge the communication gap.
    Jennifer Dobbs hopes that www.thepuzzlingpiece.com can provide an iPad that son Tyler can use at home, after seeing a benefit from using one in Carroll County Public Schools.
    The website was created by Melissa Winter, a mother of an autistic child who wanted to raise and funds to help children and families affected by autism.