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Education

  • Grayson parents to board: don't close IMS

    INDEPENDENCE – Concerned citizens, parents and administrators took time to speak to the Grayson County School Board during the public comments portion of the board’s regular meeting on March 9, as board members continue to discuss where to cut the education budget.

    The board is facing more than $3.4 million in cuts for next year’s budget, mostly due to a drop in enrollment.

    In addition to potentially cutting 20 staff positions, the board is looking at options that could close some county schools and move students to those kept open:

  • HES receives 'Toolbox for Education' grant

    The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $4,780 grant to Hillsville Elementary School to be used for an outdoor learning center.

    Hillsville Elementary was one of more than 500 U.S. schools to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant improvement projects during the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Grayson outlines potential cuts, closings

    INDEPENDENCE – Employees of Grayson County Public Schools who won’t be retained for next year will likely find out within the next month.

    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant – along with Finance Director Norma Quesinberry and Director of Personnel Judy Greear – provided the school board with an updated budget during the second work session Monday night.

    Chalfant pointed out that legislatures have wrapped up their budget sessions and an approved budget has been sent to the governor.

  • Grayson schools could cut 20 positions

    INDEPENDENCE – No jobs are safe in the Grayson County School Division for next year as administrators look to cut up to 20 positions to balance next year’s budget.

    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant – along with Finance Director Norma Quesinberry and Director of Personnel Judy Greear – provided the school board a draft budget this week that included a reduction of 94 additional students and more than $3.4 million less revenue than budgeted.

  • Parent urges attendance policy change

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Yogi Berra wasn’t at the Feb. 9 Grayson County School Board meeting. But if he had been, the famed baseball figure, well-known for his witticisms, might have used one of his more recognized ones to describe it – “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

    Once again, the issue of the school system’s attendance policy arose, as it has in most of the board’s more recent meetings.

  • Bobbitt named one of state's best crossing guards

    “I’m flattered. I’m just speechless,” said Galax Elementary School Resource Officer Fred Bobbitt, who was honored with the Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guard Award by Virginia’s Safe Routes to School Program.

    Bobbitt, one of six to win the honor in the state, was nominated by Galax Safe Routes to School Director Linda Mock. On Feb. 11, Bobbitt received a balloon, Safe Routes to School merchandise and banana pudding.

  • Galax schools offer enriching experiences

    February brings the second remediation and enrichment intercession week of the year for Galax City Schools.

    Kids who need extra help in the key subjects of math and reading get a boost in the mornings, and everyone can enjoy enrichment classes in the afternoons.

    Making pinatas, videography, sign language, health and hygiene, basket weaving and how to make paper airplanes were some of the activities available.

  • School reform plan targets tests, funding

    Virginia school superintendents recently announced a comprehensive plan for education reform, and it gets a passing grade from local school chiefs.

    The plan sets new expectations for public schools, as well as what is expected of the governor, the General Assembly and the State Board of Education; parents, students and educators; businesses and local governments; and the public.

  • School bus-related traffic violations rise

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police charged six motorists in Hillsville last week for passing stopped school buses in Carroll County.

    Several buses in the county’s fleet are equipped with camera systems that record the entire routes daily. As a result of the camera systems, motorists who pass stopped school buses are also recorded, and the state police actively uses the recordings to charge and prosecute motorists who violate those laws.

  • Answers and an approval for new school

    After reviewing the cost of two firms’ proposed traffic studies for the Kipling Lane property, chosen as the site for a new elementary school, the Galax School Board voted to accept the offer from Thompson & Litton.

    Galax Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill led the brief discussion at the Jan. 20 school board meeting before the vote by saying, “I would like to recommend that we go with the study from Thompson & Litton. The scope as presented by the companies is very similar with a very significant difference in price.”