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Education

  • Galax school calendar breaks with tradition

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    There is less than one month left before Galax City Public Schools will have a final decision on a calendar for the 2014-2015 school year.
    After looking into the possibility of a balanced calendar — a new concept that includes periods throughout the school year for breaks, remediation and enrichment activities — Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill will soon have to decide whether he wants to recommend the new concept or the traditional calendar to the school board next month.

  • Educators fear state funding shortfall

    RICHMOND — Don’t be fooled by gaudy figures of proposed state public school funding, say education officials.
    Whatever lawmakers do, whenever they do it, education advocates fear appropriations will fall short of past funding levels.
    From teacher pay, to support staff funding, to pension plan changes, educators in Virginia say recent policy changes have left them scrambling to adjust in an era when state-per-pupil spending hasn’t recovered to 2009 levels.

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  • Galax plans for future school

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Galax City Public Schools has requested a conditional use permit from the city’s planning commission to allow for the potential construction of a new school in the future.
    The parcel of land in question is located adjacent to Kipling Lane, Moore Lane and John Street. It is under contract for purchase by the school system.

  • No room for unexpected expenses in school budget

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County schools budget is so tight for the next year that if electricity rates go up, or anything else unexpected happens, the district may not have enough money to cover it, according to Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship.
    Educators will ask for level funding from the Carroll supervisors, the superintendent said Tuesday at the first presentation of the proposed fiscal year 2014-2015 budget to the full school board.

  • Carroll will look at gym's financial impact

    HILLSVILLE — Rather than seeking federal money for a high school auxiliary gym immediately, Carroll supervisors limited their next move to studying what the financial impact of another loan would be on the county.
    Supervisor Bob Martin apologized at the regular March board meeting Monday for springing a motion in connection with funding for a new Carroll County High School auxiliary gym on the other elected officials during supervisor’s time.
    Martin has several times championed the auxiliary gym.

  • Which books can be excluded from library?

    The Galax High School’s library book committee has made progress in recent months, developing a system and testing it out on books that are typically geared towards the teen population to weed out what some consider objectionable volumes.
    Now that an idea is taking shape, the committee is working to fine-tune the screening system, called a matrix, and ready it for use.
    The GHS library is shared by middle and high school students.

  • Veto likely for student prayer protection bill

    Legislation aimed at ensuring students’ right to pray and engage in other religious expression at school has passed the General Assembly, but not by sufficient margins to overcome a promised veto by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
    State Sen. Bill Carrico’s bill passed the House of Delegates on a 64-34 vote on Feb. 26. It had earlier cleared the Senate, 20-18. Neither vote is enough to override a veto, which requires a two-thirds majority.

  • Mountaintop Community Schools demonstrates teaching approach

    The makeshift “classroom” inside the main building of the Joy Ranch Home for Children buzzed with excitement on Saturday as parents joined in with students for an “observation learning” activity.
    This was just one of the activities that was scheduled during the three-hour mock classroom demonstration for Mountaintop Community Schools, a planned non-denominational Christian school that a group of parents and community members hope to begin in several areas throughout the Twin Counties.

  • Local schools making up snow days

    Twin County school systems are re-examining their calendars in order to make up the days that have been lost due to inclement weather.
    Snow days have pushed school calendars as far back as two weeks in some localities, which could lead to extending semesters into the summer months, and the loss of certain holidays and teacher workdays.
    Galax City Schools had regular school days on Feb. 21 and 24, which were originally scheduled as teacher workdays.