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Education

  • 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.

  • Scholarship fund hits $1M milestone

    When the Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education scholarship organization begun in 1987, it awarded two scholarships, worth $500 each, to Galax High School students.
    Today, 23 years since its inception, the foundation reached a milestone of awarding more than $1 million in scholarships on June 7 during an awards ceremony at GHS.

  • Enlightening students about solar energy

    Many construction workers taking building trades classes at the Crossroads Institute have seen the light when it comes to the possibilities of solar energy.
    While educators continue to develop a solar installer certification at Wytheville Community College's Galax campus, those enrolled in the building trades program can already take one of the green and alternative energy course as an elective.
    (See today's related article about the CREATES grant and what it means for the Twin Counties.)

  • The C.A.S.E. for summer school

     HILLSVILLE — Learning about grammar and writing persuasive essays as an antidote to summer boredom?