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Education

  • 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.

  • For first time, all Grayson school accredited

     INDEPENDENCE — For the first time in Virginia Standards of Learning history, all Grayson County schools are fully accredited.

    Director of Instruction Steve Cornett made the announcement during a Grayson County School Board meeting Oct. 11. Those in attendance applauded.

    Grayson accreditation status is based on 2009-10 SOL results. 

  • Localities receive Smart Beginnings grant

     The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation has awarded a grant to Carroll and Grayson counties and the City of Galax to establish Smart Beginnings Twin County, an initiative that will help prepare children in the region for success in school and in life. 

    Ultimately, this grant aims to strengthen the region’s workforce development and economic prosperity by setting the stage for success at an early age. 

  • Lost connections limit learning in Carroll schools

    HILLSVILLE — Given the chance, a Carroll elementary student would likely find a virtual tour of the Smithsonian museums more engaging than filling out a worksheet in class.

    But if the teacher isn't able to bring the network up, then that student might just end up bent over those papers.

    It's not that the worksheet isn't a time-honored educational tool. It's just that the virtual field trip via the Internet would capture that child's attention and keep it.

  • Library receives $200,000 grant

     HILLSVILLE — The $200,000 grant from Rural Development plus a Carroll match of $78,663 will give the public library a significant facelift. 

    The 8,200-square-foot library hasn’t received any major improvements since it was built in 1982, but Carroll County officials saw an opportunity to get funding for renovations through Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program. 

    Assistant County Administrator Nikki Shank made the application to the federal program that specifically targeted libraries.