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Education

  • 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.

  • Board hears support for special ed

    HILLSVILLE — Protect funding for special education programs in Carroll, two supporters asked at the school division's first public hearing for the 2011-2012 budget process.
    Angela Dixon of Galax, the parent of a special needs child, appeared before the Carroll School Board at its Feb. 8 meeting and said the schools have an excellent program with a wonderful staff.
    Her son has done well and developed thanks to the efforts of the special education program in the schools, and she asked the school board to keep the program at its current funding level.

  • Making up is hard to do

    HILLSVILLE — The discussion of making up each missed snow day got heated at the Carroll County School Board.
    At issue was whether educators should add all the missed days back into the calendar, plus extend the length of the school day for a month, so instructional time for the students would not take a bigger hit.
    A calendar committee looked into it and Assistant Superintendent Strader Blankenship presented the board with ideas to get those 18 school days back.
    • Option 1 involved using all make-up days and ending the school year on May 31.