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Education

  • 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

  • Carroll schools face budgeting challenges

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll schools finances for 2012 seem likely to feel pressure from all sides, school board members heard in the first presentation of the full budget proposal last Tuesday.
    Superintendent Greg Smith ticked off many challenges the staff faced when working up the proposal for the school board:
    First, there's a 9.4 percent increase for employees' health insurance and an increase in Virginia Retirement System rates.
    Then, Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds are coming to a halt.

  • Grayson school budget approved

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board on March 14 approved a proposed $21 million budget for 2011-12.
    The amount includes a request for $5.56 million in local funds — nearly $1.4 million above the $4.18 million the school system received from Grayson this year.
    Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas noted that the request is on par with local funding for Grayson schools in 2006-07.
    The additional money addresses a $154,000 state shortfall and eight critical needs, including:

  • A real threat to virtual school

    It's ironic that, while Virginia serves as a technology hub, the General Assembly may be sending the state's one virtual school offline due to a funding decision made this year, an official with the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy believes.
    Chris Braunlich, vice president of the think tank, posted a blog on the group's website arguing that the decision will impact not only the virtual school hosted by Carroll County, but also any rural division that wants to offer more educational opportunities to its students.

  • Educators: students suffering from budget cuts

     

    CLICK THE LINK AT THE END OF THE STORY TO SEE THE SCHOOL BOARD'S FULL REPORT, WITH PHOTOS

  • Schools could ask Grayson for $1M more

    By TINA E. VAUGHN
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board is considering asking the county for $1 million more in local funds than it received this year to make major repairs at some schools, increase teachers' salaries and prevent further cuts to educational opportunities for students in 2011-12.
    During a work session March 7, Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas outlined two options for the school board to consider:

  • 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.