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Education

  • School prayer bill gets House blessing

     

  • Grayson School Board appoints new chairman

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board has a new chairman following a meeting Jan. 20.
    The board elected Hobert Bailey chairman and Shannon Holdaway vice chairman. Bailey was nominated by former chairwoman Misty Cassell.
    “Thank you,” said Bailey. “I appreciate your confidence, and I’ll do my best.”
    Member Gary Burris nominated Holdaway for vice chairman. Holdaway also served as vice chairman in 2010.

  • School system to sell three tracts

    HILLSVILLE — Educators have the go-ahead from the Carroll supervisors to sell surplus land and put the proceeds toward school construction.
    The Carroll School Board last September voted to accept sealed bids on property amounting to a little less than four acres behind the former Hillsville Elementary School on Oak Street.

  • Carroll schools save big on energy

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Schools have saved an estimated $1 million in energy costs since 2003 as the result of initiating an energy savings plan.
    The school system was spending more than $550,000 a year on energy expenses in 2003-04.
    With a goal to reduce the budget cost for energy consumption and save resources, the Carroll School Board hired Energy Education, Inc., to set guidelines and install the “cost avoidance” software to track what was being spent.

  • Schools earn state awards

    Seven elementary schools in the Twin Counties received recognition from Gov. Bob McDonnell and the state Board of Education on Jan. 20.
    Three Grayson County schools — Baywood, Fairview and Providence Elementary — earned the 2011 Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award for continued progress, including meeting all state and federal educational benchmarks for at least two consecutive years.

  • 'Safe Route' grant could improve safety, health

    The City of Galax and Galax City Public Schools are seeking a Safe Routes to School grant, administered through the Virginia Department of Transportation, that would improve walking and biking safety for students, said Galax Superintendent Bill Sturgill during Tuesday's school board meeting.
    The grant may provide funding to plan and develop improvements and create infrastructure.

  • Grant will help Carroll schools

    HILLSVILLE — Before appropriating an additional $622,000 federal grant to the Carroll schools last month, the county supervisors first had some questions for the superintendent.
    One month after the supervisors said they would require categorical funding for the schools, Superintendent Greg Smith appeared before the county board at its December meeting about receiving a portion of the federal jobs grant.

  • Crossroads buys adjacent property

    New bachelor's and master's degree programs are expected to begin next year, as the Crossroads Institute in Galax expands into a 4,500-square-foot building located at 208 Cranberry Road — formerly the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — adjacent to the Crossroads campus. 

    Crossroads officials say this acquisition will allow the institute to expand its training, education and business development capabilities.

  • Schools cut 'Wired Road' ties

    HILLSVILLE — Fiber optic connections to 10 locations, reliability and a lower price point were factors that led the Carroll School Board to sign up with a major telecom provider.
    Century Link won the bid after the school board sought better service to its schools to support Internet and network communications districtwide, according to information from the schools. Technology such as SmartBoards, Internet applications and online testing caused significant growth in the bandwidth needed to run those programs.

  • Teaching with technology

     

    HILLSVILLE — Despite the name, there's no jeopardy in playing the graphing game in Brittany Blair's math class.
    In fact, students and teachers at Carroll County High School both feel inclined that the game helps chart better knowledge of math.