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Education

  • Educators say students are suffering from cuts

    By TINA E. VAUGHN
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Instructional materials and course offerings for Grayson County students are dwindling, educators said during Grayson County School Board budget work sessions held Feb. 28 and March 7.
    Following three years of “severe” budget cuts, students are beginning to suffer, said Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas. “We’ve kicked the can down the road for years. It’s just catching up with us.”

  • Carroll studies school bonds

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County school officials will seek more information on $15 million in bonds before going out to bid for the phase III projects.
    Schools Superintendent Greg Smith spoke to the school board recently about some of the attractive features of the Qualified School Construction Bonds that the school district landed from Gov. Bob McDonnell's office earlier this month.
    Educators requested these bonds in order to tackle expansions at Carroll County high and intermediate schools necessary after the closure of Woodlawn School.

  • Student drug testing considered a success

    HILLSVILLE — A limited-scale student drug testing program at the Regional Alternative Education Center seems to have made a splash with parents as well as educators.
    One year after its inception, educator Wade Meredith, who's in charge of the alternative school on Oak Street in Hillsville, gave a report to the Carroll County School Board on how the drug intervention program is going.

  • Local produce on school menu

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County schools will serve up more orange and green as the staff prepares more colorful and better-balanced meals.
    Those will come from the fresher, healthier foods available to children, grown closer to home, as the country moves the war on obesity into school cafeterias.
    The amount of “white foods” will decrease, as servings will get away from loading the children up on white starches, said Matt Morris, the Chartwells food service employee who's in charge of meals for Carroll County Public Schools.

  • Carroll schools get $15 million

    RICHMOND ― Carroll County Public Schools received $15 million from the state to go towards its third and final phase of schools improvements.

  • Technical school plans move forward in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Educators have cleared the first hurdle in engineering a new career and technical educational program for the Twin Counties.
    Carroll County Public Schools officials reported last month that the concept of the Blue Ridge Crossroads GATE remains in the running for a career and technical governor's academy designation from the state.

  • Some see inequity in Carroll's 'virtual school'

    RICHMOND — Carroll County in Southwest Virginia is known for its huge Labor Day flea market and its Blue Ridge Mountain vistas.
    In the past year, though, its school system has also gained popularity, attracting students from Virginia Beach to Fairfax County.
    What's the draw?

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  • Carroll schools seek Internet equality

    HILLSVILLE — All Carroll schools will have comparable Internet and network connectivity, after three schools get up to speed with improvements.
    The Carroll County School Board last year decided to upgrade to fiber optics from what they said were unreliable wireless connections and accepted proposals for other schools sites.
    But Laurel, Oakland and St. Paul schools had more difficult circumstances, so educators decided bid them out again to get them all faster networking capabilities.