• Fees on the rise in Carroll schools

    HILLSVILLE – Parents can start planning for the 2016-2017 school year as student fees for activities and meals were approved at the May meeting of the Carroll County School Board.

    Students and parents will be looking at an increase in meal prices across the board.

  • Grayson seeks way to pay for bleachers

    INDEPENDENCE — The school system and the county are dealing with tight budgets this year, which has left both parties concerned about how to fund the construction of the new football bleachers at Grayson County High School.

  • Farmer named Grayson teacher of the year

    INDEPENDENCE — Title I Resource Teacher Anna Farmer was named Grayson County Public Schools’ teacher of the year for 2016.

    The ceremony at the Grayson National Bank conference center May 4 recognized teachers of the year for each school in the system, followed by the teacher of the year award. Awards were presented by Director of Student Learning Susan Funk and Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore.

  • Good Stewards: students compete for best conservation ideas

    INDEPENDENCE — Cash prizes were awarded to Grayson High School students in the 2016 Grayson LandCare Land Stewardship Competition, held April 23 at the 1908 Courthouse in Independence.

    Eighth grader Mary Ellen Wingate was awarded the $1,000 first prize for her project, “Recycle and Redesign: Doggone Tired.”

  • Grayson schools must give back unused funds

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors recently approved a request from the school board to appropriate the remaining balance of the Fiscal Year 2016 school board budget.

    The supervisors discussed and approved this motion with an amendment requesting the return of carryover funds during their April 14 meeting.

  • Four sets of twins set to graduate from GHS

    Twelve years ago, The Gazette ran a picture of something remarkable: six sets of twins, identical and fraternal, all going through the Galax school system, all in elementary school.

    Now, poised at the brink of their senior year’s end, four sets of them are still in the school system and agreed to recreate the original picture.

  • Grayson plans Wall of Fame for athletes

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School officials are reaching out to surrounding school systems for ideas to revive and update the high school’s Sports Wall of Fame to include current and past athletes who deserve the spotlight.

  • Scholarships opened doors for recipients

    Staff Report

    In the mid 1980s, a Galax School Board inquiry lead to a discovery that the ratio of the city’s high school graduates going on to college or another form of higher education was below both the national and state average.

    The board also found that this fact was significantly impacted by the financial limitations and expectations of parents and students.

  • Students learn rules of the road

    INDEPENDENCE — Sixteen years and three months: this is the minimum age requirement set by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for a driver’s license, which makes 16 an age of important milestones for both teenagers and their parents.

    This is a time when students begin taking on important responsibilities for the safety of themselves and others, while parents simultaneously begin to step back and trust their kids to handle these responsibilities.

  • Galax sets end of school, graduation date

    The Galax School Board voted unanimously to set the last day of school at June 10 and graduation day at June 11.

    Additionally, the first day of the fall semester will be Aug. 15.

    There was a little discussion at the April 12 meeting about proper placement of the last day of school; according to Superintendent Bill Sturgill, “That would give us two days short of what we originally planned for. Thanks to [Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell], she spent some time calculating the hours.