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Education

  • Grayson: tax hike would be required

    By TINA E. VAUGHN
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County leaders have had their first look at a proposed 2011-12 school budget that includes $5.56 million in local funds — and indicated that a tax increase is the only way to fund the request.
    The Grayson County School Board officially presented its $21 million budget proposal to the supervisors during a joint meeting March 28 with about 30 citizens and school personnel in attendance.

  • Virtual school can continue in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — The General Assembly-triggered funding crisis for the Virginia Virtual Academy has passed for now, an official with the K12 company told the Carroll School Board on April 12.
    Gov. Bob McDonnell took action to save the online school that provided educational opportunities to around 400 students across the state, an effort facilitated by K12 and the Carroll school division, recapped Suzanne Sloane of K12 in an update to the school board.

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  • Galax principal moving to new role

    Galax High School Principal Bill Sutherland has resigned from his position, effective June 30, to take on a new job with Galax City Public Schools that was recently created through federal stimulus funds.
    Sutherland will become the coordinator for testing and assessment, effective July 1, and will move over to the Galax School Board office. The new position was created through the education “Jobs Bill” stimulus package.
    Sutherland will be in charge of data collection; review of student testing and evaluation of teachers in Galax schools.

  • $15M will pay for scaled-down school project

    HILLSVILLE — “Go forth and bid,” said Carroll Supervisors’ Chairman Tom Littrell on March 28, to school board members anxious to take advantage of $15 million in construction bonds.
    Educators don’t know how much of the construction projects at Carroll County high and intermediate schools the $15 million will cover, but they feel confident that amount won’t pay for all the elements needed at the two facilities.

  • End of stimulus funding affects school budget

    Galax City Public Schools is working to adapt to budget challenges, as two-year federal stimulus funding ends and enrollment is expected to decline during the next school year, resulting in a loss of state money.
    Because of that, nine positions will be cut, effective June 30. The jobs being cut include one teacher and eight support staff.
    The 2011-2012 proposed budget is based on an anticipated enrollment of 1,250, down from 1,270. The budget totals $12.9 million, a $21,507 increase.

  • Carroll teachers, staff could get raises

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll supervisors gave the county school board a homework assignment on Monday night — figure out how to use surplus funds carried over from this fiscal year to pay for a 3 percent salary increase for all employees.
    School board members and administrators came before the supervisors Monday night to present Carroll’s proposed education budget for 2011-2012.
    Before the meeting, Schools Superintendent Greg Smith noted that this was to be the third consecutive spending plan without a salary increase.

  • 10 Commandments won't hang in Grayson schools

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County became the latest school system in Southwest Virginia to become involved in the debate over public display of the Ten Commandments.
    The school system has denied requests to hang the biblical laws. Giles County and other districts in Virginia have been the center of public debate over the separation of church and state.

  • School construction will require more than bonds

    CLICK ON THE LINK AT THE END OF THE STORY TO READ THE FINANCIAL TEAM'S DOCUMENTS ABOUT THE SCOPE OF THE PHASE III PROJECTS