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Education

  • Carroll board changes plans for school construction

    HILLSVILLE — Two change orders approved last week for the Phase III construction projects could provide some relief to students at Carroll County’s intermediate and high schools.
    The Carroll School Board on March 19 approved a revision of $499,000 that will result in cooler classrooms for students at the intermediate school. The replacement of water lines and fixtures for $760,000 will lead to renovated bathrooms at the high school.

  • Grayson supervisors study school requests

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County supervisors got their first look at the school board’s proposed budget for next year and questioned a few of the cuts the school division used to make ends meet.
    Supervisors held a joint meeting with the school board on March 14 and were presented with a request to “support the children of Grayson County” and approve the $21.3 million budget — which includes just over $4.6 million funding from the county.

  • Carroll schools make calendar changes

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll School Board added two days back to the school year for the two missed, and students should officially begin summer after May 15.
    At the March 13 meeting, the school board officially adopted the calendar for the 2012 year, which is to begin for students Aug. 8.
    This action followed an initial discussion of calendar items at the February meeting.

  • Parents: Don't close Gladesboro school

     

    HILLSVILLE ― “Don't close our school,” members of the Gladesboro community pleaded with the Carroll County School Board at a fiscal year 2013 budget meeting Monday.

  • Sturgill: budget planning impossible without state funding information

    Galax School Board cut its budget workshop meeting short on Friday after having an uncertain budget draft proposed by the governor.
    “We spent a lot of time working with the only budget we have,” Galax Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill told the Galax School Board last Tuesday, as administrators and board members wait on the official budget from the state. “Right now, we need more direction from the state.”
    Legislators ended the General Assembly session this month without passing a state budget.

  • After mild winter, school year should end early

    HILLSVILLE — The mild winter should lead to a long summer for students in Carroll County schools.
    It appears that this year’s trend of minimal frozen precipitation covering the roads could continue, Superintendent Greg Smith said after the school board discussed the topic at its February meeting.
    The warmer than usual winter weather comes after at least three years of missing more than 20 snow days each. Smith hopes the pattern continues to hold.

  • Grayson cuts 5 positions to balance budget

    INDEPENDENCE – Citing additional cuts in state and federal funding, the Grayson County School Board has proposed reducing 5 positions from its current workforce to balance the 2012-13 budget.
    The school division’s Director of Finance Julie Bear brought additional information for the board to consider to its regular meeting Monday night.

  • Kohl, Kyle reappointed to Galax School Board

    With three people vying for two seats set to expire June 30, Helen Kyle and Ray Kohl were reappointed by Galax City Council to serve another term on Galax School Board, during Monday’s council meeting.
    Jerrold Bennett of Galax also interviewed with city council members to be considered for one of the two positions.
    After going into a closed meeting, council members came back out to vote on the three candidates. Council Member Bob Lazo voted for Bennett, while the other members supported the reappointment of Kyle and Kohl.

  • Carroll schools could face painful choices

    HILLSVILLE  — Instead of closing a Carroll school or laying off 40 employees, educators will ask for help from the county supervisors to make up their projected $2 million shortfall for fiscal year 2013.
    Squeezed by proposals that will drive up expenses for retirement and insurance and state funding cuts estimated at $600,000, Carroll County Public Schools officials have a list of “drastic” and potentially “devastating” cuts if they don’t get some financial help.

  • Grayson begins search for new superintendent

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board will begin the process of hiring a new school system leader by seeking public input on qualifications for a new superintendent.
    Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas announced in January her intention to retire at the end of the 2011-12 school year, saying that the early announcement would allow the school board ample time to recruit and select the best candidate for the job.
    Thomas has served as superintendent for six years.