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Education

  • Holdaway: fix Grayson attendance policy now

    INDEPENDENCE – Employees are rewarded for time off, while students and parents are punished for excused days, according to one school board member in Grayson County.

    Vice Chairman Shannon Holdaway asked a simple question during this month’s regular board meeting that turned into quite a debate between himself and the administration.

  • More cuts likely for Grayson schools

    INDEPENDENCE – Teachers in Grayson County won’t take home any additional pay next year and may be missing a few of their co-workers when the new school year begins, after what looks to be another tight budget for administrators.

    Grayson Superintendent Kevin Chalfant presented a first draft of his budget priorities for the 2015-16 school year during the school board’s regular meeting this month, and things don’t appear to be getting any better for a division struggling to make up a large deficit in this year’s budget.

  • AmeriCorps Volunteers help students with reading, math

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County’s Reading for Life AmeriCorps’ annual report highlighted the group’s accomplishments over the past year and needs for continuing the program.

    Reading for Life is a tutoring AmeriCorps program, sponsored by the school board. Volunteers tutor students in Pre-K through 12th grade in reading and math, and participate in a number of community and school projects.

  • Carroll approves robotics team for high school

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board has approved the proposal for a First LEGO League Robotics Team for students in 4th through 8th grades.

    The proposal was introduced to the school board in October, and the members tabled the request to gather more information and consider the proposed budget.

  • School chiefs applaud potential SOL changes

    RICHMOND — Local school superintendents reacted positively to the state Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee’s first round of interim recommendations released earlier this month.

    The 12 recommendations will now be sent to the Board of Education and the General Assembly, detailing ways to reform the SOL assessments, recognize and promote student growth and encourage creativity in the classroom.


  • Service animal policy causes board to pause

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board discussed a number of changes to school policies and program of studies this month, and tabled a policy about service animals on school grounds after one board member expressed concern over visitors being denied access to a school event.

    Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Burnette presented the changes at the Dec. 9 meeting.

  • Galax delays selection of new school architect

    The Galax School Board has decided to delay taking action on proposals from two architectural and engineering firms regarding a new elementary school.

    The board discussed the proposals on Dec. 9, at a meeting in the current elementary school’s library.

    The two firms, Hughes & Associates and Thompson & Litton, submitted proposals to design the new elementary school on the Kipling Lane property that the school system recently bought.

  • Teachers: don't cut salaries to fix budget

    INDEPENDENCE – As Grayson County administrators look to make up a $500,000 budget deficit, the division’s education association president suggests they avoid reducing teachers’ pay.

    Grayson County Education President Rebecca Absher spoke to the school board at its regular meeting this week after rumors began circulating that administrators were considering cuts that would affect teachers’ pay.

  • Mitchell named Carroll Teacher of the Year

    HILLSVILLE — Frederick L. Mitchell, a chemistry teacher at Carroll County High School, has been named the school system’s Teacher of the Year for 2014.

    Mitchell was surprised with the award during class on Nov. 14, just a few days after he and the other nominees were recognized at the Carroll School Board’s Nov. 11 meeting. “They showed up with [the award] and some treats for me and my students to all enjoy,” he said on Monday.

  • Legislators get closer look at CCHS innovations

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board and two state legislators met to discuss the upcoming year’s budget and other issues over breakfast at the Carroll County High School library on Nov. 14, and toured the school’s robotics lab and innovative new lab dedicated to science, technology, engineering, math and agriculture.