• Students praised as SOL scores improve


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    Changes that allowed more students to retake Standards of Learning exams helped boost scores across core subjects this past school year, based on pass rates released Aug. 11 by the Virginia Department of Education. Local school divisions mirrored state trends.

    Elementary and middle school students were allowed to retake the tests for the first time last school year following a change in the law. High schoolers already had the chance to do so.

  • Grayson schools fully staffed ahead of opening day


    INDEPENDENCE – Susie Funk, administrative supervisor, told the Grayson County School Board at its Aug. 10 meeting that the school system was fully staffed and ready for the opening of school on Aug. 12.

    The school board praised Funk, school staff and Interim Superintendent Dr. Larry Massie for their work in securing teachers and other staff members for the 2015-2016 school year.

    A lengthy list of personnel items were approved by the board including:

  • Crossroads helps Moog expand, train managers

    When Moog-Galax managers Travis Belton and Joanie Newman wanted to earn their master’s degrees in business administration, they approached Crossroads Institute.

    Both earned MBAs from Averett University in 2013, yet neither set foot on the Danville campus until graduation.

    And when Moog Components Group, the world’s leading slip ring manufacturer, needed additional space for electronic circuit board assembly, again Crossroads was the solution.

  • Grayson reviews 19 school chief applicants

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools has received 27 inquiries for its vacant superintendent position.

    Of these inquiries, there have been 19 applications, according to a summary provided by School Board Chairman Larry Bartlett this week.

  • Lady Cavs honored for winning state title

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors proclaimed July 13-20 as Lady Cavaliers Week at its July meeting, in honor of the Carroll County High School (CCHS) Lady Cavalier Softball team.

    During the meeting, Supervisor Chairman Phil McCraw read a resolution aloud, reviewing the undefeated team’s accomplishments.

  • Prosecutor probes school finances


    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught on Friday confirmed that he has been consulted “regarding allegations involving the Grayson County School system,” specifically financial records and accounting.

    Vaught said in a statement sent to local newspapers that an investigation is underway.

  • Grayson school board to discuss superintendent hiring

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board is planning a busy week ahead, with a pair of meetings on Monday and Tuesday.

    The board will have its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 10.

    On Aug. 11, the school board will have a special called meeting at 11 a.m. The only item on the agenda is a closed meeting to discuss applicants for the superintendent’s job.

  • Sutherland is Crossroads' new director

    New Crossroads Institute Director Brenda Sutherland stepped into the position on July 1, replacing former director Dr. Oliver McBride, and came to it with a bright vision for the future.

  • Grayson school chief to look at hiring policy


    INDEPENDENCE – Dr. Larry Massie, interim superintendent for Grayson County Schools, has responded to concerns expressed by the Grayson County Education Association (GCEA) about rehiring teachers.

    He says some teachers cut during a “reduction in force” earlier this year have been re-hired.

    Rebecca Absher, president of the GCEA, told school board members at a recent meeting that the decision not to re-hire teachers who were on the reduction in force list was causing a lot of undue stress.

  • Woodlawn School pitched as FFA/Ag center

    HILLSVILLE – A proposal for the future use of Woodlawn School was presented to the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) at a recent meeting.

    John Carpenter, an FFA teacher at the Carroll County Intermediate School, presented a proposal to turn the school into the Smith Hughes FFA/Agriculture Center.

    Carpenter explained that the first vocational education program, located at Woodlawn, was funded by the Smith Hughes Agriculture Education Act in 1917. This led to the Future Farmers of Virginia and then to Future Farmers of America in 1928.