• Grayson considers school calendar changes

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County schools could switch from a six-week to a nine-week grading period to better align with the system’s pacing guide and give a more accurate picture of student performance.

    If approved, it would also mean a later start for the school year and less work for teachers.

    Susan Funk, supervisor of education and state/federal programs, presented the first reading of the proposed 2016-17 school calendar at the Grayson County School Board meeting on March 14.

  • Budget will allow Galax schools to grow

    Galax City Schools will be able to both offer raises and hire more positions, thanks to a dramatic increase in funding from the state, Superintendent Bill Sturgill told school board members in a brief budget meeting on March 22.

    The budget as presented at the meeting was preliminary. The final proposed budget will be voted on at the next board meeting and presented to Galax City Council for official approval at the April 25 meeting.

  • Carroll school budget totals $42.5 million

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools’ proposed budget for 2016-2017 totals $42.5 million, up around $1.9 million from the current year.

    The school board submitted its proposed budget to the Carroll County Board of Supervisors on March 29. The total includes $11.8 million in local money, an increase of $228,900 over the current year’s budget.

    The good news is that state funding will increase. Challenges include increasing special education needs, salary increases and larger class sizes.

  • Students get extra math help in city schools

    Galax Elementary School students are getting plenty of hands-on math education, according to teacher Tina Hampton.

    The educator recently made a presentation to the Galax School Board, featuring video of the elementary students learning math.

  • Grayson school board passes $20M budget

    INDEPENDENCE — After weeks of tracking funds, restoring order and prioritizing the needs of the school system, the Grayson County School Board and school administration have agreed on a budget for the 2016-17 school year.

    The budget approved by the school board on March 21 totals approximately $19.9 million; and includes federal funds totaling $2.4 million, state funds totaling $11.1 million and local funding of $5.7 million.

  • Carroll, Grayson schools on list of high achievers

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    The Virginia Board of Education is honoring 55 Title I schools and one school division for raising the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students.

    The list includes Oakland Elementary in Carroll County and Independence Elementary in Grayson County.

    The awards are based on student performance on Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years, according to a news release. Each school will receive a certificate celebrating its status and achievement.

  • Galax earns national Safe Routes award

    Taking a walk or a bike ride might net you better health and the peace of mind that comes with fresh air and (sometimes) sunshine, but seldom do you get an award for it.

    Last Wednesday at the Galax Elementary School gym, however, the Safe Routes to School program received one: the James L. Oberstar Award from the National Center for Safe Routes to School.

  • Bleacher removal begins at GCHS

    INDEPENDENCE — The scene is already shifting at Grayson County High School, as the long-awaited plan to replace the condemned football bleachers began with demolition on March 15.

    Demolition of the concrete bleachers started at 8:30 a.m. that day, and the community was invited to stop by the field and witness the backhoe crushing the existing structure into a pile of rubble.

  • Afterschool program gets kids excited about reading

    “To sum it up, so far in our year, we’ve seen students who have never before been excited about school showing up excited about staying after school,” said Galax Middle School teacher Sheila Ramey, who made a presentation about the 21st Century grant-funded afterschool reading program at the March 8 Galax School Board meeting.

    The program is the same that led to last semester’s trip to Biltmore, after 7th graders spent seven consecutive Mondays after school reading “Serafina and the Black Cloak.”

  • Carroll schools look back at 2015 successes

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools had a year full of accomplishments in 2015, from meeting accreditation standards and upgrading security to receiving national recognition for its STEM lab.

    Dr. Mark Burnette presented the top stories and achievements to the Carroll County School Board at the March monthly meeting.