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Education

  • 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.

  • Funding runs out for school staff hired under jobs bill

    Eight jobs that were created at Galax schools through the federal jobs bill, a stimulus package of $326,786, are expected to be eliminated after this school year.
    The stimulus package, which will expire in September, covered two years of funding for the recruitment of instructors and salary purposes only.
    In 2010, the funds were received, and three full-time substitutes, two teachers’ aides, one secretary, one custodian and one coordinator in central office were hired. Each received one-year contracts in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years.

  • Three vie for Galax School Board seats

    Three people are vying for two seats on the Galax School Board this year.
    Board chairman Ray Kohl and member Helen Kyle, whose seats are set to expire June 30, are seeking reappointment, and community member Jerrold Bennett hopes to be selected.
    During a public hearing at Galax City Council on Feb. 27, Kyle, Kohl and Bennett each explained why they should serve on the school board. Each candidate also submitted a letter of interest to the city manager to be considered for selection.
    School board members are appointed by council.

  • Davidson named Carroll's top teacher

     

    HILLSVILLE — Taking the sum of individualized attention, extra hours of work and encouragement for students, use of new technology and community involvement, it all adds up to a Carroll High math teacher being named the educator of the year.

    Administrators surprised Lora Davidson during advanced math class Friday with the Teacher of the Year Award for Carroll County Public Schools and treats for all.

  • Grayson school budget falls short

    INDEPENDENCE — Faced with another round of state and federal cuts, the Grayson County School Board will be tasked with cutting nearly $400,000 from its operating budget in order to make ends meets for next school year.
    Division Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas — who will retire at the end of this school year — began the budget discussion during Monday night’s work session with more bad news: the budget has a shortfall of $392,000.

  • GHS tops district in forensics tournament

     

  • Teachers take a stand

     

  • Grayson teachers seek pay increase

    INDEPENDENCE — Pay increases were once again the top request from the Grayson County Education Association during the first public hearing on the school division’s 2012-13 budget Monday night.
    GCEA President Arnold Hash was one of only two speakers during the hearing. He said that, while he knows “times are lean,” he urged the board to try and find some money for pay increases for county staff.

  • Board seeks $7.1 M more for school projects

    HILLSVILLE — Space for physical education classes will be at a premium, as well space in general at the revamped Carroll County High School, educators stressed to the Carroll Board of Supervisors on Monday.
    Those reasons are why school board members have asked the supervisors to help find funding for a new auxiliary gym at the high school.

  • Learning Through Play