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Education

  • New year brings new library, tech upgrades

    Galax Elementary School students were greeted this year with a renovated library and two new computer labs paid for with stimulus funds Galax schools received.
    “We've been successful with adequate yearly progress, and we're just trying to go beyond that,” said GES Principal Brian Stuart. “We're just trying to become modern, even if we are in an old building. We're excited.”

  • Woodlawn School's future uncertain

    Even aging school buildings have potential reuses, and Carroll officials want to explore possibilities for Woodlawn once educators and students vacate the facility.
    If nothing else, Woodlawn School — founded more than 100 years ago — sits on real estate that could provide ballfields or even a water park, believes Sam Dickson, the county's at-large supervisor.

  • New school lacks ballfield, playground

    Grayson Highlands School opened Aug. 16, but it was without a playground or ball field — and that worries at least one parent and some school board members.
    Grayson County School Board Vice Chairman Shannon Holdaway said during a meeting Aug. 9 that the school system needs to grade and level land at the school for a ball field.

  • Grayson Highlands open at last

    An open house and ribbon cutting was held at the new Grayson Highlands School in the Grant community Aug. 3, giving students, parents and members of the community the opportunity to tour the new facility.
    School Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas said this was the first new school built in the Wilson District since 1930.

  • Woodlawn School showing its age

    WOODLAWN — Carroll County’s oldest school got a little more decrepit during the summer. Educators plan to abandon the facility within a couple of years.
    Woodlawn School displays, on close inspection, a growing number of infirmities of age.
    That’s one of the reasons Carroll educators chose to leave it out of Phase III school improvements as they prepare to shift students there to another facility.

  • Crossroads changed these 3 students' lives

    PART 3 — THE STUDENTS
    When the Crossroads Institute opened in Galax in June 2005, among its objectives was giving Twin County residents easier access to rapidly expanding Wytheville Community College.
    In those five years, WCC at Crossroads enrollment has grown to approximately 700 full- and part-time students. This past year, 661 were in programs WCC offers exclusively at Crossroads.

  • Galax Bus Routes 2010-11

     

    Click the link below to see Galax City Public Schools' bus routes for the 2010-2011 school year.

  • School opening delayed in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools will open one week later than anticipated as completion of the turning lanes for the new Grayson Highlands School looms.
    Division Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas requested the delay at a special called meeting Monday night.
    “The school board approved revisions of our 2010-11 school calendar,” Thomas told The Gazette on Tuesday, meaning that the opening of school all opening activities will be moved ahead seven days.

  • Kohl, Adams reappointed to lead school board

    Ray Kohl was reappointed as chair of the Galax School Board, and Jim Adams was reappointed as vice chair, during the July 13 board meeting.    
    Board members also reappointed clerk Kara Graham and deputy clerks Rebecca Cardwell and Kathy Halsey; reappointed Donna Garland to the governor's school board and Stewart Merdian as alternate; and assigned Helen Kyle to attend the Virginia School Boards Association meeting.

  • Grayson Highlands School should open by August

    INDEPENDENCE — If all goes as planned — though nothing has so far — the new Grayson Highlands School will open Aug. 9 for the beginning of the 2010-11 school year.
    Board members received the update on the school from Maintenance Supervisor Roy Anders during its regular meeting Monday night.