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Education

  • School board accepts bid for STEAM lab

    HILLSVILLE — Though bids for the new sciences lab at Carroll High came in high, Carroll officials still hope to pay for it through money already available for school improvements.
    Soon after the addition of several new classrooms to house the ninth grade at the high school, county officials and educators embarked on a project to replace the four-decades-old heating and air conditioning system and supplying natural gas to the facility to fuel the boilers there.

  • School board supports SOL test changes

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board has pledged its support to a movement gaining momentum across the state that calls for changes in Virginia’s testing system.
    Grayson joins more than 45 other school boards and representatives of 12 major education associations in Virginia who have adopted a resolution calling for state policymakers to change Virginia’s system of testing and accountability so that it is more effective in preparing students for college and careers and more valid in holding educators accountable for student achievement.

  • Plan to fix schools under fire

    NORFOLK — The fate of a new statewide entity with the task of fixing underperforming schools is up in the air thanks to a slate of new elected state officials and a lawsuit working its way through the courts.
    A nine-member board has been appointed. An executive director earning $125,000 a year is in place. Still, few people —  including those appointed to guide the system — seem to know much about its next steps.

  • Galax Elementary plants 'Grateful Garden

    Galax Elementary educators felt grateful for a recent warm December day to get an early start on their new teaching garden.
    Many of the participating students wore jackets while helping dig out the first shovelful of dirt in “The Grateful Garden of Galax” behind the school, even though the temperature seemed to hover around the 60s.

  • Governor's school could expand, as local interest contracts

    HILLSVILLE — While Southwest Virginia Governor’s School officials contemplate an expansion of their program, Carroll educators wonder if they can reignite their students’ interest in the special math and science curriculum in Pulaski.
    Sherry Pugh, assistant director and math teacher, represented the governor’s school before the Carroll County School Board at its Nov. 12 meeting while sharing the expansion proposal.

  • Group reviews library books for 'inappropriate' content

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    School officials, parents and students are joining together in a proactive effort to keep inappropriate reading materials out of the Galax High School library.
    Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill, GHS parent Lynn Funk and GHS honor student Maggie Turbyfill — three members of the newly-formed Galax Library Book Committee — explained in a group meeting on Tuesday that their efforts were not to shield students from difficult topics, but to offer the student body books that deal with these topics the right way.

  • Schools aid in preparing workforce

    HILLSVILLE — In service of economic development, Carroll County already has a large and ongoing organization dedicated to preparing an educated workforce — it’s called the Carroll County Public Schools.
    Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship brought that message to the Carroll board of supervisors’ November meeting. He said the division stands ready to provide assistance in economic development efforts.

  • Learning lab goes full 'STEAM' ahead

    HILLSVILLE — While some intensive studies could happen in a new lab space in Carroll County High School, the construction project to set up the lab shouldn’t be too complicated, according to the schools superintendent.
    Carroll officials and educators intend to go to bid for the construction of the new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lab on Dec. 5.

  • County pitches in $10K for new ball field

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Supervisors have pitched in $10,000 to go towards construction of a recreational facility at the Grayson Highlands School,  as long as the school board and school’s Parent-Teacher Organization are willing to put in equal amounts.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet received a letter last month from Rhonda Halsey, Grayson Highlands PTO president, asking the board to consider a donation.

  • State approves A-F school grading scale for schools

    RICHMOND — Most of the state’s schools would earn an A or B letter grade based on preliminary data used to establish a new grading formula approved last Thursday by the Board of Education.