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Education

  • 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.

  • County asserts control over school spending

     HILLSVILLE — Citing a need for efficiency and economy, Carroll County supervisors decided to categorically change how they fund the school system at their November meeting last Thursday.

    Supervisor David Hutchins initiated the discussion about what process to use to fund the school system, and the other four board members present agreed to his motion. (Supervisors' Chairman Wes Hurst was away on business.)

  • Home work builds students' skills

     HILLSVILLE — The building trades class is providing solid footing to construct the Fuller Center house.

    In just days after getting building permits, the Carroll County High School students have nailed and glued a sturdy floor together for the 48-by-24-foot ranch house.

  • Crossroads finds money for expansion

      HILLSVILLE — The $300,000 grant from the Tobacco Commission and interim financing of $168,000 from the Carroll Industrial Development Authority will fund the expansion of the Crossroads Institute in Galax. 

    Oliver McBride, executive director of the Crossroads Institute, approached the IDA at its regular meeting Monday to ask for assistance to acquire the former Church of Latter Day Saints just off Cranberry Road, adjacent to the educational and entrepreneurial facility.

  • Grayson restores school days, salaries

     INDEPENDENCE — Five instructional days for students and related salaries for school employees were restored to Grayson County Public Schools’ 2010-11 school year after the school system received $546,000 in federal assistance.

    The federal Education Jobs Fund legislation provided $249 million to the state of Virginia, with Grayson receiving $546,000 to be used within a two-year period of time, said schools’ Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas.

  • Burnette named Carroll's teacher of the year

     HILLSVILLE — In a candid moment during Monday's student announcements broadcast at the intermediate school, English and mass media instructor Dana Burnette received Carroll's teacher of the year award.

    Schools Superintendent Greg Smith and Principal Chuck Thompson joined Burnette in front of the camera set up for the video feed, ostensibly to talk about a fund raising effort for the school.

  • Carroll seeks school funding alternative

     HILLSVILLE — Educators applied last Thursday for zero-interest bonds that, if approved, might be enough to pay for expansions of two Carroll schools — but not their renovations.