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Education

  • Governor's school plan shaping up

    HILLSVILLE  — The Blue Ridge Crossroads Governor’s Academy for Technical Education will be more than just a place of learning, after Twin County educators launch the program, the Carroll School Board heard at its Aug. 9 meeting.
    The STEM academy, spread out among local high schools and the Crossroads Institute, will provide enhanced career specialization and higher education opportunities, said Mark Burnette, who spearheaded getting Virginia Department of Education approval for the effort.

  • Locals help fight fire, raise money for Patrick Co. school

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    Patrick County authorities graded land for mobile classrooms Sunday near fire-damaged Meadows of Dan Elementary School, hoping to quickly establish alternative classrooms and minimize the time students are out after a weekend fire, a school official said.
    Local firefighters from Galax and Carroll County helped extinguish the blaze at the 72-year-old school.

  • Computer glitches plague Carroll schools' opening

    HILLSVILLE — The opening of Carroll schools went sour for students who suffered a scheduling glitch, one parent told the Carroll School Board at their regular August meeting last week.
    The scheduling problem brought Donnie Morgan, an education supporter, before the school board a day after the schools’ open houses and one day before the official start of the school year.

  • Library garden a haven for wildlife

     HILLSVILLE ― The new Beaver Dam Garden at the Carroll County Public Library was inspired by the abundance of wildlife along the Beaver Dam Trail.Volunteers with the Hillsville Natural Heritage Project wanted to bring a touch of the town's much-used walking trail to Main Street by planting a bed of native flowers at the library.

  • Supervisors worry that bonds won't be enough for school projects.

     

  • State okays governor's school plan

    HILLSVILLE — Local educators have permission to create the 10th Virginia Governor’s STEM Academy in Twin County schools and at the Crossroads Institute, after a decision by the state Board of Education last Thursday.
    This was the fourth and final permission that Carroll County Public Schools and its partners needed to proceed with planning for the Blue Ridge Crossroads Governor’s Academy for Technical Education.

  • School will offer daycare for teen moms

     

  • School must offer option to transfer students

     

  • Supervisors tinker with bus fund

    INDEPENDENCE — If the Grayson County School Board can come up with at least $75,000 in any of its future budgets, then the Grayson County Board of Supervisors will help it buy school buses beginning in 2013.
    Supervisors agreed June 1 to change the guidelines of its new "School Bus Replacement Fund." The fund now must be a dollar-to-dollar match.
    The county will allocate up to $75,000 per year — or 25 percent of annual county decal collections, whichever is less — to be used by the school system as a matching amount for bus purchases.

  • Carroll rejects bids, scales back projects

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll School Board members rejected all construction bids in a special meeting Tuesday, in an attempt to keep the cost of construction efforts at the high and intermediate schools under $15 million.
    The school division’s budget is based on the award of Qualified School Construction Bonds for nearly $15 million. This money must pay for the additional space needed to turn the intermediate into a sixth through eighth grade facility and shift the ninth grade to the high school in order to close the aging Woodlawn School.