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Education

  • Afterschool program gets kids excited about reading

    “To sum it up, so far in our year, we’ve seen students who have never before been excited about school showing up excited about staying after school,” said Galax Middle School teacher Sheila Ramey, who made a presentation about the 21st Century grant-funded afterschool reading program at the March 8 Galax School Board meeting.

    The program is the same that led to last semester’s trip to Biltmore, after 7th graders spent seven consecutive Mondays after school reading “Serafina and the Black Cloak.”

  • Carroll schools look back at 2015 successes

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools had a year full of accomplishments in 2015, from meeting accreditation standards and upgrading security to receiving national recognition for its STEM lab.

    Dr. Mark Burnette presented the top stories and achievements to the Carroll County School Board at the March monthly meeting.

  • Grayson budget plan includes new teachers

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board is still putting together the annual budget and, so far, the numbers look promising thanks in large part to contributions from the state.

    “I’ve seen a lot of budgets, and this is as good a one as I’ve ever seen,” said Superintendent Kelly Wilmore during the March 7 budget workshop session.

  • Carroll has top 'bots in state

    HILLSVILLE – A team of robot builders was among the award-winning students recognized at the Carroll County School Board’s March 8 meeting.

    The board also honored spelling and geography bee winners.

    Carroll County’s First LEGO League was recognized for its first-place finish in the VA-DC regional tournament. The team took home top honors in the category of Best Robot Design.

  • Carroll offers more options for health insurance, wellness

    HILLSVILLE – A third option for health insurance will be available for employees with the Carroll County Public Schools during open enrollment in August.

    The Carroll County School Board voted unanimously on March 8 to approve the addition of a high deductible plan with a health savings account, along with the other two plan options currently offered. This plan would be offered to employees at no cost for a single policy.

  • Carroll school board reschedules meetings

    HILLSVILLE – Due to two cancelled meetings in February, the Carroll County School Board has announced it will hold two additional meetings in March.

    On March 14, the board will hold a meeting beginning at 6 p.m. in the 3rd floor conference room of the Carroll County Governmental Complex. The purpose of this meeting will be to present the 2016-2017 school operational, food service, textbook and debt services budgets to the board members.

  • CCHS students searched after weapon report

    HILLSVILLE – Students went through metal detectors and buses were searched on Friday morning after Carroll County Public Schools received a tip about weapons on a bus at the high school.

    No weapons were found.

    In a news release, school officials said that the high school received an anonymous tip on March 4 around 9:05 a.m. on the Anonymous Drug and Bullying Reporting site, which said that a student on one of the buses had firearms in their possession. The report did not share the student’s name or the bus number.

  • Bill would change graduation requirements

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — The House of Delegates on Feb. 22 passed, by a 99-1 vote, a bill that would alter high school graduation requirements in Virginia.

    State Sen. John Miller’s bill, SB336, would require the state Board of Education to work with school and community leaders to establish a “Profile of a Virginia Graduate.”

  • School budget would restore teachers

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board is working on a promising draft of the school budget for fiscal year 2016-17, which would add back teachers in positions previously cut and includes money for projects like new bleachers at the high school.

    The board met Feb. 22 for a budget draft presentation, and discussed this year’s strategy for compiling the numbers and the main goals for funding.

  • Merdian, Adams seek new terms on school board

    Both Galax School Board Vice Chairman Dr. Jim Adams and Board Member F. Stewart Merdian, whose terms are expiring on June 30, say they’ll seek reappointment.

    Two seats are open on the board, and city council is set to make the appointments March 28. Those interested have until March 4 to submit letters of interest.

    Members are appointed for three-year terms.