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Education

  • Teaching with tablets

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    You might think devices like the iPad would be a distraction in class, but students at Galax Middle School are using the tablets as part of the curriculum.
    Teachers have been creatively implementing technology into their lesson plans to make learning more effective and enjoyable for the students who are more accustomed to the digital world than the printed page.

  • Carroll schools aren't cool

    HILLSVILLE — If there’s a single issue getting Carroll schools leaders hot under the collar about the phase III construction projects, it’s misfiring heating and cooling units at the intermediate school.
    Architect Randy Baker reported to the Carroll School Board last Monday that, during a visit to CCIS earlier in the day, he found one room hovering at 91 degrees.
    “It’s pretty warm, so something’s just not correct,” Baker said.

  • Educators eager to show off school renovations

    HILLSVILLE — As construction on Carroll high and intermediate schools wraps up, educators look forward to inviting the public in to see the upgrades.
    Most of the contractor’s trucks have moved on to other projects as the workers’ to-do list has shrunk to things like pouring the terrazzo floors in the entranceway at the high school and digging a retention pond at the intermediate school, along with other various odds and ends, said Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship.

  • School board resolves to protect tenure

    HILLSVILLE — Temptation to balance budgets by cutting teachers may be too great without the protection of tenure, Carroll School Board members discussed at their January meeting on Monday.
    That’s one reason the school board approved a resolution of support Jan. 7 to oppose the General Assembly taking away continuing contract protections from Virginia teachers.

  • Bill would allow Carroll buses to use 52 South

    WYTHEVILLE — The question of whether Carroll County school buses will use U.S. 52 south instead of Interstate 77 has been transported to the Virginia General Assembly’s 2013 session.
    Del. Anne B. Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville) has submitted House Bill No. 1416 for consideration, a simply worded proposal that would exempt Carroll’s buses from the weight limits that keep commercial trucks off the south U.S. 52 corridor.

  • Galax schools settle suit

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

  • Homeschoolers seek permission to play

    A homeschool educator believes public schools should work with parents to allow homeschooled students to take part in sports and other extracurricular activities at public schools. The Galax School Board opposes a bill that would allow this, but homeschoolers and public school officials aren't too far apart in their opinions.

  • Carroll teachers of the year to get better awards

    HILLSVILLE — Future teachers of the year will receive more than an award inscribed with their name, Carroll County School Board members decided at their December meeting.
    Certain classroom and educational stipends for the teachers to use will commence with the 2012-13 teacher of the year, Becky Isom.
    School officials invited Isom to the meeting to collect her now-inscribed award and voted on the enhancements to the recognition as she watched.

  • Carroll looks at Virtual Academy test scores

    HILLSVILLE — Scores for math in the Virtual Academy of Virginia reflected a trend of lower-than-usual math results in the latest round of Standards of Learning testing.
    Carroll County Public Schools helps with the online academy run by the private company K12.
    The virtual school’s report card posted by the Virginia Department of Education shows that online students missed benchmarks in math and history scores.

  • Grade structure unchanged at St. Paul

    HILLSVILLE — Just like parents and community members requested, St. Paul School’s grade structure of pre-kindergarten through seventh will remain the same, the Carroll County School Board members decided at their meeting Dec. 11.
    At the same time, on a motion by member Joey Haynes, the school board affirmed that parents have the option to send their sixth- and seventh-graders to the Carroll County Middle School if they want.