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Education

  • Wilmore brings experience to school chief job

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board ended the months-long search for a new schools superintendent Monday when it announced that Kelly Wilmore was appointed to the position by a unanimous vote.

    Wilmore, who currently serves as the superintendent for Craig County Public Schools, will begin working in Grayson County on Dec. 1, with an annual salary of $111,000.

  • Grayson names new schools superintendent

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board ended the months-long search for a new schools superintendent Monday when it announced that Kelly Wilmore was appointed to the position by a unanimous vote.

    Wilmore, who currently serves as the superintendent for Craig County Public Schools, will begin working in Grayson County on Dec. 1, with an annual salary of $111,000.

  • Think Pink Day at Oakland

    Oakland Elementary students, teachers and staff wore pink in honor of Carolyn Peddy, a former teacher who passed away after a battle with breast cancer.

    Carolyn, a teacher for more than 30 years, passed away in January 2007 and since then, teacher Sheila Hommema and others have made it their mission to not let the community forget her.

  • Grayson ready to select new school chief

    INDEPENDENCE — After months of deliberation, the Grayson County School Board has announced that it will appoint a new schools superintendent during the regular meeting tonight, Monday.

    The search for a new superintendent began after Kevin Chalfant stepped down from the position on May 31 after three years with the school system.

    Larry Massie, the retired superintendent of Buckingham County Schools, has served as the interim superintendent for the school system since June 17.

  • Grayson revises school budget to add funds

    INDEPENDENCE — At its Oct. 12 meeting, the Grayson County School Board approved a revised school budget, adding $689,123.09.

    Interim Schools Superintendent Larry Massie noted that the additions were made thanks to grants, carryover funds and the recent allocation of $149,394 from the county.

    “I think we finally have a budget that will work this year. We have worked with both sides and it thrills my heart to know the cooperation and care that each of these boards has given this budget,” said At-Large School Board Member Larry Bartlett.

  • Charge alleges athletic fund money taken

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A former secretary/bookkeeper at Grayson County High School has been indicted on embezzlement and forgery charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury, as part of an ongoing investigation by Virginia State Police.

    The charges were related to money from athletic funds and other funds maintained by the school system.

  • Schools examine homeschool, religious exemptions

    INDEPENDENCE — With the recent rise in SOL test scores, Grayson County school officials are examining trends in Average Daily Membership (ADM) and how they correlate to test score performance.

    Specifically, the Grayson County School Board is curious to see how the ratio of homeschool and religious-exempt students compares to the number of students enrolled in public school, as SOL test scores improve.

  • Teachers feel 'intersession' week benefits students

    At the Oct. 13 Galax City School Board meeting, Superintendent Bill Sturgill said the school system’s intersession week was a success again.

    “It takes a tremendous amount of planning and work that goes into pulling off that one week of school,” he said, and thanked teachers and staff for their work.

  • Schools focus on bullying prevention

    HILLSVILLE – October is Bullying Prevention Month in Carroll County Schools, and educators hope to help parents and students with information on cyberbullying specifically.

    The Carroll County School Board at its Oct. 8 meeting unanimously signed a proclamation declaring the intention of this focus is that the issue of bullying and its prevention be discussed in Virginia schools and classrooms this month.

  • Grayson gives schools additional $150,000

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved a request from the Grayson County School Board to appropriate $149,394 in additional funds for education.

    Supervisors approved the money for the school board during their Oct. 8 meeting. The decision was unanimous, with the exception of Supervisor Glen Rosenbaum, who was not present at the meeting.