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Education

  • Galax test scores surpass state benchmarks

    It's nothing new for Galax schools to be fully accredited, based on Standards of Learning scores, and this ability to exceed the required SOL benchmarks allows the system to create new and innovative programs.

  • 'Choice Bus' shows students paths life could take

    INDEPENDENCE — Now that the new school year is underway, Grayson County Public Schools hosted the Choice Bus on Sept. 22 to enable students to better understand the power of education and some of the long-lasting consequences of dropping out of school prior to graduation.

  • Carroll schools not funded

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Carroll officials who expected to get $26.7 million to expand two county schools from Rural Development got a shock Wednesday, when federal officials announced projects funded through the Community Facilities Program.

     

  • Virginia outscores nation in reading, math

    Average SAT scores for Virginia's 2010 graduating class are nearly identical to last year's, with students scoring higher than the national average in reading and writing, but below in math.

    The College Board, which administers the SAT college-readiness exam, released national and state-by-state results this week. Nationwide, this year's graduating class participated in the SAT in higher numbers than previous graduating classes, the organization said.

  • GHS Homecoming Court 2010

     

    Galax High School's homecoming will be held Sept. 24.

  • Federal funds keep teachers working

    Carroll County, Grayson County and Galax educators say federal assistance will keep teachers working.
    The federal Education Jobs Fund was signed into law on Aug. 10 and provides $10 billion nationally, with provisions similar to the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The purpose is to provide additional funding to states for the support of local teacher salary and related costs at the early childhood, elementary and secondary levels.
    It is expected that Virginia will be awarded the funds by Oct. 1.

  • Scout builds climbing wall

    Cory Wyatt, 18, of Mouth of Wilson has built a 16-by-9-foot climbing wall at Grayson Highlands School as an Eagle Scout Project.
    Wyatt organized the project, including securing all the materials, planning and coordinating more than a dozen other Scouts and friends and family.

  • FMS principal delivers on promise

    INDEPENDENCE — Last November, Fries Middle School Principal Elizabeth Brown stood before the Grayson County school board as the leader of the only school in its division that was not fully accredited.
    “We’re going to make it this year,” Brown said during the meeting nearly a year ago. “I just know it.”

  • Schools to sell surplus property

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll School Board will accept sealed bids on about four acres behind the former Hillsville elementary school on Oak Street, and the proceeds will go towards school improvements.
    The school board made the decision at Tuesday's meeting, after holding a public hearing during which no citizens spoke.
    This involves three pieces of land, consisting of tracts of 1.861 acres, 2.09 acres and .25 acres, according to information from the school board.

  • 'Everyday Math' family nights to be held

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public School students are learning math using a different, more exciting way this year.