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Education

  • Grayson teachers push for pay raise

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson teachers’ salaries are 18 percent below the state average, and the county education association’s budget presentation to the Grayson School Board had a special focus on fair pay this year.

    “We have been making do for a long time,” said Pam DeBord of the Grayson County Education Association at the board’s Jan. 9 meeting.

    According to the data in DeBord’s report, state teachers’ salaries currently stand at 11 percent below the national average.

  • String band class raising money for instruments

    INDEPENDENCE ― Instructor Eddie Bond has seen several young musicians come a long way through the Grayson County High School String Band program; and says he is encouraged to see so many of the newer generation so interested in keeping a part of the area’s history alive.

    But as the interest expands, so does the need for equipment. Fortunately, an upcoming event at the high school could help put fresh new instruments into the hands of their students.

  • Lawmaker pushes for guns in schools

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would let school boards designate employees to carry concealed handguns on school property.

    It would require those carrying the weapons to receive training and certification, either through the state or the National Rifle Association.

  • School board looks back on 2016 progress

    INDEPENDENCE — During Schools’ Superintendent Kelly Wilmore’s monthly report December, he summarized the work that had been done throughout the school system over the past year.

  • Firm chosen for GES renovation design

    After a second round of presentations, the Galax City School Board has decided to use architectural and engineering firm WM2A to design an expansion of the elementary school.

    The three firms who were left after the first round of presentations – WM2A, RRMM and OWPR – all had outlines for renovating the existing Galax Elementary School site while making additions for a larger student body, but the board decided that WM2A had the best overall plans.

  • CCHS to receive security upgrades

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Service Authority took steps at its meeting Dec. 12 to try to secure a better water supply for the Meadowbrook community in Cana.

    One idea to get more water for the area was to hook onto the Mount Airy, N.C., system.

    Board Member Keith Meredith said the area needed a constant force of water and felt hooking onto the Mount Airy system would help alleviate the problem.

  • Ayers named teacher of the year

    CANA – Leesa Moxley Ayers, the 2016 Carroll County Teacher of the Year, was surprised in her second grade classroom at St. Paul School on Dec. 8.

    Ayers, who was understandably confused when a group of school board members and school staff showed up at her classroom that afternoon, was overjoyed and excited to receive the honor.

    “Oh my gosh, oh thank you, oh my goodness,” were the sentiments Ayers kept repeating as Carroll County Schools Superintendent Dr. Strader Blankenship presented her with flowers and the award.

  • United Way providing students weekend meals

    Staff Report

    In Southwest Virginia, one in four children live in poverty and more than half are on a free or reduced lunch program, according to data shared by United Way of Southwest Virginia.

    To assist these students, the organization partners with sponsoring organizations to provide nutritious weekend meals.

  • Improvement projects underway in Grayson schools

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Division School Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the school board at its Nov. 14 meeting that work is underway on the 2017-2018 school budget, and warned members to expect it to be “tight.”

    Wilmore said he was looking at ways to save money and to update school buildings.

  • Gift establishes scholarship for technical skills

    When Anne Vaughan of Galax had trouble finding a plumber and a bricklayer, she realized that the area needs a workforce trained in technical skills.

    She decided to do something about that, by donating $200,000 to Wytheville Community College for a new scholarship.

    Vaughan, widow of the late John Vaughan of Vaughan Furniture, presented the gift in a public announcement held at the Crossroads Institute last week.