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Education

  • Teachers will break even in Galax school budget

    To offset the 5 percent increase in the Virginia Retirement System and increases in medical insurance and group life insurance, Galax School Board requested more than $200,000 from the city to allow faculty and staff to break even on their paychecks next school year.
    Schools and localities must give employees a 5 percent raise to offset the cost of contributions. Galax City Public Schools will raise salaries by 6.25 percent, which will allow teachers to take home the same net pay next school year as this school year.

  • Smith to lead Richmond County schools

     HILLSVILLE — Carroll schools will soon begin the search for a new superintendent as Greg Smith has announced his intention to lead the Richmond County Public Schools, effective July 1.

    Smith will continue to work for Carroll County Public Schools until June 30, ending his five-year tenure.

  • Eleven apply for school chief job

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School Board received 11 applications for the soon-to-be vacant division superintendent position.
    According to information provided to The Gazette, there were 18 inquiries, but only 11 full applications.
    In terms of experience, three applicants are current or former superintendents, two are assistant or deputy superintendents, three are central office administrators, two are principals or building-level administrators and one was classified as “other.”
    Of the 11 applicants, seven are men and four are women.

  • Carroll: exempt virtual students' scores from testing results

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll educators have asked students enrolled in the Virginia Virtual Academy to stand alone in terms of the Standards of Learning test scores, separating them from the scores coming out of the county’s 10 brick-and-mortar schools.
    To that end, Carroll County Public Schools has filed a waiver request on testing results, as well as other requirements that they feel should not apply to the online learning program.

  • Carroll school budget approved

    HILLSVILLE — Just when the Carroll school system’s funding shortfall seemed to be resolved with the approval of about $1.8 million in new funding from the locality Monday, a county supervisor continued to question where that money will come from.
    In the end, not getting the specific details he wanted from his fellow supervisors, Joshua Hendrick, the Laurel Fork representative on the county board, voted “no” on the school budget.

  • Grayson honors school volunteers

     

  • From textbooks to tablets

     

  • School chief not retiring after all

     

  • Parents, students ask county to pay for principals

    INDEPENDENCE — Students, teachers, administrators and support staff all asked Grayson County supervisors to consider funding the school system above the state’s minimum Local Required Effort to keep principals and aides at all division schools.
    Ten concerned citizens spoke during the public hearing earlier this month on the proposed 2012-13 school budget and most had the same message — they like their principals and don’t want to give them up.

  • Crossroads expansion complete