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Education

  • 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.

  • Are Virginia schools missing the mark?

    Virginia was on the cutting edge of education reform when it rolled out state standards in math, English and other subjects in 1995.
    These days, the mantle of reform resides elsewhere, along with federal money that helps pay for it.
    "When people talk about leading states, they don't talk about Virginia any more," said Andy Rotherham, a former state Board of Education member who co-founded nonprofit Bellwether Education.
    "We're resting on accomplishments instead of looking forward as we should," he said.

  • Carroll renews school food contract with Chartwells

    HILLSVILLE — It hasn't been all gravy during the first year of Chartwells serving meals in the Carroll schools, but educators feel the company is worth its salt to renew.
    The Carroll County School Board approved the second year of a contract with the private food service company, feeling that they will do a better job at cutting the mustard now they've had a year with the program.

  • Architect hired for Carroll school projects

    HILLSVILLE — To meet the timeline in the application process for a $26.7 million federal loan for Phase III school renovations, the Carroll County School Board approved an emergency procurement measure June 29.
    Carroll supervisors allowed educators to seek the stimulus funds through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to pay for improvements to the high and intermediate schools. School officials needed to hire the architectural firm to meet the federal requirements, according to information provided at the school board's end-of-the-fiscal-year closeout meeting.

  • Turn lane bid awarded

    INDEPENDENCE — Even after rebidding the turning lane project, the Grayson County School System received only two bids for the second bid opening in a week.
    W.L. Construction of Chilhowie submitted the low bid of $410,391 to construct the project at the new Grayson Highlands School in western Grayson County.
    The length of the contract was 45 days.
    G-Bee Construction Co. of Independence submitted the only other bid, $429,079, and the length of the contract was 49 days.

  • Grayson's Million Dollar Miracle

    INDEPENDENCE —  After attending budget meetings this year, Grayson County teacher Janet Mullins woke up in the middle of the night with an idea.
    As you'd expect from a math teacher, it was a number.
    “I have to raise $1 million,” Mullins realized.

  • Backpack Buddies program ends successful first year

    Galax City Schools' Backpack Buddies Program finished its first school year, running from September 2009 to this month — a total of 37 weeks.

  • Schools will serve as collateral for Phase I loan

    INDEPENDENCE — A motion to use the two schools included in Phase I of Grayson’s long-term facilities improvement plan as collateral for an extended loan was nearly defeated after two board members disagreed with the idea.
    Dennis Howard, senior vice president of SunTrust Bank, attended the Grayson School Board meeting last Monday night to explain the plan.

  • Grayson rebids turning lane contract

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School System will try again to obtain bids to construct two turning lanes at the new Grayson Highlands School in the Grant community.
    A bid opening was held June 8 at the new school, but only two bids were received.
    Chad Newman, director of personnel and operations, said the bids — one from a local contractor and the second from a Wytheville contractor — were not opened because the school system had to have a minimum of three bids.