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Education

  • Grayson School Board to choose chairman

    INDEPENDENCE — A special called meeting of the Grayson County School Board will be held Tuesday in the Independence Middle School library at 6 p.m.

    The meeting was rescheduled from June 1 due to conflicts with concurrent school sports events.

    One of the purposes is to elect a board chairman. The post has been vacant since former chairman Hobert Bailey resigned in April.

    The board will choose a chairman from among its members: Vice Chairman Shannon Holdaway, Fred Weatherman, Wynn Combs, Gary Burriss and Larry Bartlett.

  • Student initiative targets bullying

    HILLSVILLE — The world is already a difficult place without the added pressure and stress that come with school bullying, and that is what a group of students intend to combat and prevent through a new initiative.

    The Carroll County Special Projects Organization, formed in January 2013, was organized to provide a resource to students who had suffered from bullying, or who wished to become an advocate against bullying.

  • School board accepts Chalfant's resignation

    UPDATE:

    This week's special called meeting of the school board has changed from Monday to Tuesday at 6 p.m., due to conflicts with school sporting events.

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – It took the Grayson County School Board less than five minutes to accept the resignation of Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant during a special called meeting on Monday.

  • County: school offer is all-or-nothing

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Take it or leave it.

    That’s what the Grayson County Board of Supervisors wants the school board to know about its offer to give $1.1 million above the required minimum funding for the school system in the coming fiscal year.

  • Galax sets June 13 as graduation date

    Galax City Public Schools has set June 13 as the Galax High School graduation date.

    GHS 1997 graduate Sarah B. Hiza, Ph.D., has been selected as the graduation speaker this year. Hiza went on to obtain degrees from both Virginia Tech and the University of Akron and works in propulsion systems.

    In other action at recent meetings, the board:

  • Chalfant resigns as Grayson school chief

    UPDATE:

    The Grayson County School Board held a special called meeting on May 25, where members voted unanimously 5-0 to accept the superintendent’s resignation. The meeting was the first for Larry Bartlett, sworn in earlier that day after he was appointed by a circuit court judge to fill the vacant Oldtown District seat on the school board.

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Embattled Grayson County Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant is stepping down.

  • Grayson makes cuts to personnel

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board voted 3-1 last at its May 11 meeting to reduce the school system’s support staff positions by 16 to help balance its 2015-2016 operating budget.

    In April, the board voted to reduce 11 teaching positions as part of the reduction in force plan, but failed to approve the staff reductions.

  • Jones named Grayson teacher of the year

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Fairview Elementary School first grade teacher Melissa Jones is the 2015 Grayson County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

    Jones, who has taught either kindergarten or first grade in Grayson schools during all of her 29 years as a teacher, received word of her selection during a special reception at the Grayson National Bank Conference Center.

  • Grayson approves school budget

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – When Shannon Holdaway, vice chairman of the Grayson County School Board, adjourned the May 6 special called meeting and budget work session, he said the deficit was $1.22 million.

    Things changed in the days between that session and the regular meeting Monday night, when the school board approved a budget that has caused a great deal of controversy in recent weeks, due to personnel and program cuts.

  • Galax schools to offer raises, bring back cut positions

    The Galax school system is offering raises for teachers and adding some teaching positions after scaling back its staff over the past couple of years.

    Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill presented the fiscal year 2015-2016 budget for the school system at Galax City Council’s meeting last month.

    (Council held a public hearing on the school budget Monday.)

    Sturgill explained that the revenue summary shows a reduction in state funds of $332,000, but $210,000 of that drop is from an expired grant that paid for extending the school year.