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Education

  • Local school buses require safety retrofit

    The Virginia Department of Education has notified the Commonwealth’s 132 school divisions that as many as 4,000 school buses may need retrofitting to install a safety device that prevents the parking brake from accidentally disengaging.

    School officials said that a total of 23 buses in Galax, Carroll and Grayson need retrofitting for the brake interlock.

  • Galax school spending questioned

    A stringent cross-examination of the Galax school system’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year led the May 8 Galax City Council meeting.

    A public hearing for the budget was the first item under old business; there were no public speakers.

    The $15.1 million school budget — with $3.99 million in local operating funds and no debt service — was passed by all council members who were present. John Garner was absent.

  • CCHS grads take next step

    HILLSVILLE — More than 280 Carroll County seniors took their first steps towards life after high school at commencement exercises May 20.

    A full grandstand of parents, grandparents, family and friends watched the ceremony, which took place at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Students explore career options

    Staff Report

    Grayson County 4-H partnered with several businesses in the Galax area and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for a Career Immersion event for 40 students.

    The event offered these students an opportunity to experience local careers and learn about their possibilities before graduation.

  • Carroll grads honor Golden Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE – A heartfelt evening celebrated students, parents and special employees of Carroll County Public Schools at the 2017 Golden Cavalier banquet.

    The banquet held on May 11 was the fourth year of the ceremony and featured many laughs and tears.

    The top 10 graduating seniors were asked to recognize an employee that had a special impact on them during their educational career. Those recognized ranged from a bus driver to educators to aides and some were parents of the students.

  • Carroll recognizes student achievements

    HILLSVILLE – As the school year comes to a close, many students and teachers were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments at the April regular monthly meeting of the Carroll County School Board. The meeting was held on April 11 in the second floor boardroom of the Carroll County Governmental Complex.

    Recognitions included:

  • Carroll holds hearing on hiring new school chief

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board held a hearing April 11 to hear public comments on the upcoming appointment of a division superintendent for Carroll County Public Schools, following the July 1 retirement of Superintendent Dr. Strader Blankenship.

    One citizen spoke at the hearing and urged the board to look at “the small things” and the character of the candidates when it came to hiring a replacement.

  • Schools seek $4.4 million from Galax

    Galax City Public Schools are asking for $4.4 million in local money for fiscal year 2018, according to a request made by Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill at the April 24 city council meeting.

    The school system’s budget is up 1.3 percent overall, according to documentation from the schools. Fiscal year 2018’s total budget is $15.6 million, up $202,248 from this year’s $15.4 million.

  • Houk honored by Emory & Henry

    Galax teacher Rose Houk is usually noted for her cheerful demeanor, positive attitude and willingness to offer a hand. On March 23, she was honored by Emory & Henry University on the institution’s Founders Day for so much more.

  • 'Tide Tags' reward responsibility

    “Tide Tags” are a highly sought-after reward among Galax Elementary School students, according to a group of teachers and administrators – April Gunn, Darla Robbins, Beth Hodges and Darla Wells – who presented the program in the Focus on Instruction segment of the Galax School Board meeting on April 11.