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Education

  • 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.

  • Educators not giving up on funding

    HILLSVILLE — Competition has heated up for school construction bonds from the governor's office, but Carroll officials heard Nov. 22 that funding from Rural Development may still be an option.
    Several local officials met with Rural Development's Travis Jackson and bond attorney Caroline Perry to share ideas about funding $26.7 million in construction at the Carroll high and intermediate schools, after the schools failed to get stimulus funding from the federal government.

  • Yearbook staff wins state award

     HILLSVILLE — The Cavalier Classic staff had designs on producing a quality yearbook and earned themselves a state championship as a result. 

    Shannon Dalton, their understandably proud teacher at Carroll County High School, called all students involved in yearbook together to celebrate the accomplishment last Thursday, under the pretense of getting a group photo. 

    Then teachers revealed the Virginia High School League Trophy Class Award, presenting it first to this year's editors, Wendy Burcham and Lauren Roper. 

  • Galax school division achieves accreditation

     Galax schools were recently accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools, one of six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the state Department of Education, Galax Schools' Superintendent Bill Sturgill told school board members on Nov. 9.

  • Students to transfer after break

     FRIES — Providence Elementary School students will officially transfer to Fries School in the second semester.

    Renovations at Fries School are nearing completion, said school administrators during a Grayson County School Board meeting on Nov. 8. 

    A ribbon-cutting will be held at Fries School at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 14.

    “This will be an exciting event to have the new addition open at Fries,” said schools' Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas.