• School board approves hirings, firings and transfers


    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved the resignations of both varsity basketball coaches at its meeting Monday night, while the teacher of a popular building trades program was re-hired and a central office administrator retired after his job was eliminated.

    Head basketball coach Lucas Austin and assistant coach Landon Testerman resigned their positions effective July 14.

  • GHS seniors helping their community

    Three more Galax High School students — now 2015 graduates — presented their senior projects to the Galax School board at its June meeting.

    Members of the graduating class undertook a variety of projects this year to help their community.

    Ann-Marie Coleman said that she discovered, through Hope House Director Tammy Harmon, that the homeless shelter was in ongoing need of supplies for the residents, including shampoo, conditioner, Germ-X and other personal hygiene items.

  • GES students unite to end bullying

    A group of Galax Elementary School third graders have teamed up to create a group dedicated to the prevention of bullying.

    According to GES counselor Cris Jackson, the students had been aided by their teacher in working through a conflict in their own classroom, and “decided spontaneously — by themselves, without any adult — that they needed a ‘Stop Bullying Club.’”

  • Citizens offer input about next superintendent's qualifications


    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Citizens for Better Schools delivered its list of qualifications for a new superintendent to the school board on June 30, and made it plain that they don’t want a “good ol’ boy” hired for the position.

    Wanda Pinion, a member of the community group, delivered the list of 10 qualifications during a public hearing at a special meeting of the Grayson County School Board.

  • School board back to business after turmoil


    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board has spent many long hours in session over the past several weeks discussing budgets and personnel, but Monday night’s special called meeting set a record for brevity.

    The meeting lasted less than 10 minutes, but the board managed to spend more than $2 million during that time span.

  • Board accepts $1.1 million


    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board, after more than two months of haggling, finally accepted a $1.1 million supplement from the Grayson Board of Supervisors to help balance the 2015-2016 school budget during a special called meeting on June 17.
    The county funds will allow the school system to give teachers raises and reinstate the building trades class at the high school that was cut earlier this year because of a lack of funds. It will also pay for school resource officers.

  • Seniors seek to better schools, community

    Seniors often look forward to leaving high school to make their marks on the world, but many in Galax High School’s class of 2015 worked to better their community in the months before they donned caps and gowns.
    This spring, seniors presented their projects to the Galax School Board.
    Jessica Berry started a book collection project, for each first and second grader at Galax Elementary School to receive a book.

  • GHS Graduation 2015

    Galax High School held its graduation ceremony June 13 on the football field.

  • Grayson increases school lunch prices

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County students will pay more for their lunch next year, but not by much – just a nickel.

    Stephanie Munsey, food service coordinator, told the school board at its June 8 meeting that the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires that school systems annually review paid meal prices.

  • Grayson offers schools $1.1M again

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has once again offered the county school system a $1.1 million supplement to balance its fiscal year 2016 budget.

    Should the school board accept it, the money would allow the system to give teachers raises and reinstate a building trades program that was cut due to funding shortages, as well as cover expenditures that will carry forward, settle debt and pay for school resource officers.