• Jobs Act could benefit education

    HILLSVILLE  —  Carroll County schools may avoid teacher layoffs and get funds to modernize facilities if the White House’s proposed “American Jobs Act” passes Congress.
    The White House invited Carroll school officials to participate in a Sept. 12 teleconference about the components of the jobs act, and Schools Superintendent Greg Smith told school board members the next day that he found the hour-long conference call informative.

  • Virtual school could fund Carroll academy

    HILLSVILLE — As much as half of the revenue from Carroll schools’ virtual academy could go toward funding the new STEM academy, the county supervisors learned from the schools’ superintendent Sept. 12.
    The supervisors held a public hearing on the appropriation of nearly $1.9 million to the schools budget.

  • CCHS Homecoming Court 2011


  • Grayson tops state for AYP


  • Galax Homecoming Court 2011


    Galax High School’s homecoming game will be held Friday. Homecoming court members include (from left, front) Grace Wilson, Kristin McMickle, Ashley Nale, Allison White, Holly Mays, Hailey Cassell, Harley Brewer, (back) Chantasy Cottrell, Julianna DiGiacomo, Channing Russell, Rebecca Shirey and Jade Webb.

  • Carroll teachers dress for success

    HILLSVILLE — While critiques of a professional attire standard at Carroll County High haven’t been kind so far, administrators plan to stick to their “dress for success” model for faculty.
    CCHS Principal Scott Watson brought the idea up at an Aug. 4 faculty meeting.
    While no division-wide policy exists, an interest has been expressed that teachers and administrators should look professional in the work that they do, he said.

  • Testing benchmarks becoming unobtainable

    As standards continue to rise for Adequate Yearly Progress, the benchmarks are becoming more and more unobtainable, said Galax Schools’ Superintendent Bill Sturgill.
    “No Child Left Behind served as a great platform to encourage high expectations for schools,” said Sturgill. “But benchmarks of 100 percent are unrealistic... By design, No Child Left Behind has ran its course.”

  • Superintendent: Education law unfair, unrealistic


    INDEPENDENCE — Three of seven Grayson County schools met federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) benchmarks, according to 2010-11 data released by the Virginia Department of Education this month.

  • Few schools meet AYP standards


  • Carroll school projects ready to bid again

    HILLSVILLE — Final revisions to the phase III construction plan for Carroll high and intermediate schools are complete and the projects are being rebid. At its Aug. 9 meeting, the Carroll School Board heard from Pinnacle Architect’s Randy Baker that the bid specifications would soon be ready to advertise.
    The goal of the construction project is to close the aging Woodlawn school. To do that, educators have to move those students to the intermediate school and the ninth grade to the high school to make room.