• Schools examine homeschool, religious exemptions

    INDEPENDENCE — With the recent rise in SOL test scores, Grayson County school officials are examining trends in Average Daily Membership (ADM) and how they correlate to test score performance.

    Specifically, the Grayson County School Board is curious to see how the ratio of homeschool and religious-exempt students compares to the number of students enrolled in public school, as SOL test scores improve.

  • Teachers feel 'intersession' week benefits students

    At the Oct. 13 Galax City School Board meeting, Superintendent Bill Sturgill said the school system’s intersession week was a success again.

    “It takes a tremendous amount of planning and work that goes into pulling off that one week of school,” he said, and thanked teachers and staff for their work.

  • Schools focus on bullying prevention

    HILLSVILLE – October is Bullying Prevention Month in Carroll County Schools, and educators hope to help parents and students with information on cyberbullying specifically.

    The Carroll County School Board at its Oct. 8 meeting unanimously signed a proclamation declaring the intention of this focus is that the issue of bullying and its prevention be discussed in Virginia schools and classrooms this month.

  • Grayson gives schools additional $150,000

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved a request from the Grayson County School Board to appropriate $149,394 in additional funds for education.

    Supervisors approved the money for the school board during their Oct. 8 meeting. The decision was unanimous, with the exception of Supervisor Glen Rosenbaum, who was not present at the meeting.

  • Grant pays for school security upgrades

    RICHMOND — Five schools in Grayson County will benefit from school security equipment grants recently announced by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

    The grants will apply to 519 schools and other educational facilities in 100 school divisions statewide. The total $6 million will go toward paying for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, classroom locks, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems and other security upgrades, according to a news release.

  • GCHS homecoming to feature parade


    INDEPENDENCE – Something new has been added to this year’s homecoming celebration at Grayson County High School – a victory parade and community pep rally.

    The Blue Devils will take on the Floyd County Buffaloes on Friday at 7 p.m. A homecoming queen will be crowned at halftime.

    The parade and pep rally will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The parade theme is: “We are loud, We are proud, We are Grayson County.”

  • Carroll teachers and students recognized

    HILLSVILLE – At the Carroll County School Board meeting on Sept. 8, teachers and students were recognized for outstanding accomplishments.

    Steve Mason and Matthew Tompkins, educators at the Carroll County Alternative Education Center, were recognized as Outstanding Specialists with the Jobs for Virginia Graduates (JVG) program.

  • Massie to serve as school chief until Nov. 30


    INDEPENDENCE – Dr. Larry Massie will continue to serve as interim superintendent of the Grayson County School System through Nov. 30, after the Grayson County School Board approved a memorandum of agreement at its Sept. 14 meeting.

    Massie, who lives in Richmond, was appointed interim superintendent on June 17 after superintendent Kevin Chalfant resigned on May 31.

    The school board is continuing to interview applicants for the superintendent’s position.

  • GHS ready to kick off football field work

    A construction project at the Galax High School football field will keep rain from washing mud onto the field and track, but keeping runoff out of the stands will have to wait.

    Galax School Board members discussed the upcoming improvements at their Sept. 8 meeting.

    Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill told the board that the project is not yet underway, but is being prepared for. Galax is working with engineering firm The Lane Group.

    The project was put out to bid, but only one was received.

  • Celebrating a decade of making a difference

    Crossroads Institute held its 10-year anniversary celebration Aug. 25 with a video presentation, words from new director Brenda Sutherland and refreshments. The event started at 10 a.m. and lasted about 90 minutes.

    The video focused on “success stories” from those who have been helped by the institution’s business incubator at Crossroads, including Steve Winesett of Candor Construction, Travis Belton and Joanie Newman of Moog-Galax and Leigh Ann Richardson of Vital Supply in Wytheville.