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Education

  • Carroll test scores remain solid

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools has received preliminary Standards of Learning (SOL) scores from this spring’s testing, and the results show progress in some areas and room for improvement in others.

    Dr. Beverly Adams-Parker presented the scores to the school board during its regular monthly meeting on Aug. 9.

  • Anderson first to file for special election

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Tracy A. “Zeke” Anderson of Independence is the first candidate to file for the special school board election in Grayson County to fill Tim “T.T.” Carico’s unexpired term.

    According to the registrar’s office, Anderson submitted his paperwork and has qualified for the Nov. 8 special election. The deadline to file at the registrar’s office on the bottom floor of the Grayson County Courthouse is Aug. 19 at 5 p.m.

  • Galax considering GES renovation

    Architectural firms will be at the September meeting of the Galax School Board to discuss the possibility of renovating the existing elementary school in lieu of building another one in a different location.

    At the Aug. 9 school board meeting, Superintendent Bill Sturgill had noted previously that, while land for the new school had been purchased, estimates for the development and construction of an elementary school were much higher than anticipated.

  • Vaughan chosen to fill school board vacancy

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board announced Wednesday that Philip Vaughan will serve as an interim member of the school board; filling the At-Large seat that was left empty following the death of former board member Tim “T.T.” Carico in July.

    Vaughan will serve on the board for the rest of the year, and then a special election in November will determine who will fill the seat for the remainder of Carico’s unexpired term (three years).

  • Transgender rights debate continues

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson school leaders say that, despite hearing concerns, they will not change a policy prohibiting transgender students from using their preferred restrooms.

    Several county residents and people from surrounding communities on Monday evening addressed the Grayson County School Board about its recent adoption of a policy mandating use of a public restroom or locker room in accordance with the gender listed on a student’s birth certificate.

  • School board will appoint member to fill Carico's seat

    UPDATE:

  • Advocate for transgender rights to speak to school board

    INDEPENDENCE ― Transgender rights activist Kristin Plenger will speak at the Grayson County School Board meeting Aug. 8, to address recent changes the board made to the school system’s policy regarding restroom use.

  • Special election set for Grayson School Board vacancy

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A special election has been set for Nov. 8 to fill the unexpired term of T.T. Carico on the Grayson County School Board.

    Carico was injured in an ATV accident on July 3 and died of his injuries on July 6.

    The Grayson County School Board — through its counsel, Independence attorney Roger Brooks — petitioned the court July 22 for the special election.

  • Tax revenue shortfall means no state money for raises

    Due to the state’s overestimation of this fiscal year’s budget, the school system’s dreams of expanding positions and giving raises out of state funds will be put on hold this time, according to Galax City Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    Instead, the Galax School Board will have to rework its budget to pay for the raises with local funds.

  • School board to dedicate weight room to Carico

    INDEPENDENCE — Monday’s meeting of the Grayson County School Board was somber and thoughtful, as members discussed the best way to honor the memory of former at-large member Tim “T.T.” Carico, who died from injuries sustained in an accident last week.

    Carico’s empty seat was no longer decorated with his name plaque Monday night, and fellow members were vocal in the fact that the agenda would be short that evening.