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Education

  • Supervisors seek funds for 2nd CCHS gym

    HILLSVILLE — Soon after an update on how work on the heating and cooling improvements at Carroll County High School has progressed, county supervisors unanimously approved the concept of seeking funds to add an auxiliary gym to the facility.
    The school that’s seen its population grow to about 1,200 students with the addition of the ninth grade still needs one more addition, Supervisor Bob Martin said during Monday’s county board meeting.

  • Grant will pay for school security upgrades

    INDEPENDENCE — Last week, Gov. Bob McDonnell awarded $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants to improve safety and security for students and teachers in 459 Virginia schools and regional education programs, including Grayson County
    The school division was awarded a $50,536 grant to be used at five schools.
    The grants will pay for security equipment, including video monitoring systems, metal detectors, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems and communications systems providing direct links between schools and law enforcement agencies.

  • GHS rallies to end bullying

    Galax schools are sponsoring an “End Bullying” campaign this year, which was kicked off with a division-wide pep rally on Aug. 23.
    Elementary, middle and high school students met at the Galax High School gym, where they heard an important message from motivational speaker Bob Garrity, an anti-bullying trainer who has worked with more than 40 school divisions in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Illinois.

  • Art school awaiting final state grant

    It has been a busy year for Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, as staff has worked tirelessly with Galax grants administrator Brenda Marrah to secure enough funding for a woodworking studio in the downtown district.
    As the school draws close to submitting its final request to the Virginia Tobacco Commission for $125,000, CCSA Executive Director Chris Shackelford approached the members of Galax City Council on Aug. 12 to request their support one more time.

  • Area schools' SOL scores rise and fall

    While state education officials note that math scores as measured by the Standard of Learning tests have started rising again, those in reading, writing and science took a hit this year in Carroll County.
    Galax and Grayson County both saw similar results with their test scores this year, with higher scores in math, and dips in reading and writing tests.
    The Virginia Department of Education posted the pass rates for SOLs on Tuesday, but schools are waiting until late September for school accreditation and federal accountability results.

  • Security upgrades continue as classes resume in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE – The first bells of the school year rang last week in Grayson County as students returning to the division were greeted by numerous improvements in security measures.
    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant provided the school board with an update on summer projects during the board’s regular meeting earlier this month, which included upgrades to the safety and security, technology and pay raises for faculty.

  • Sisters a success story for migrant education

    LAUREL FORK  — Fernanda Garcia, 17, a senior at Carroll High, takes after her big sister, 22-year-old Adriana, in several ways.
    Fernanda got an idea for her career track from her sister, who’s already a registered nurse. The two siblings exercise together, too.
    And whenever Fernanda had a question about English, their second language, outside of school, she could go ask Adriana, the first person in her family to attend Carroll County Public Schools.

  • Nothing cool about this school

    HILLSVILLE — With the heating and air conditioning system removed from the main building at Carroll County High, people want to know, “how cool is school?”
    After the first day, staff and students knew the answer: Not very.
    The new school year commenced Aug. 13 as planned, with work to replace the HVAC system at the high school moving to the evening and early morning so as to not disturb classes.

  • Citizens make plea for Grayson resource officers

    INDEPENDENCE – Despite the pleas of citizens, the Grayson County School Board chose to take no action at its Aug. 12 meeting on a pending grant that would provide two additional School Resource Officers to the division this year.
    Last month, the Grayson Board of Supervisors approved a funding plan to pay 20 percent of the local match of the salary and benefits to add the SRO positions to both Grayson Highlands and Independence Middle schools.

  • Wrestling team on the ropes in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — A fan of Carroll County High School wrestling went to the mat for the team before the school board at its July meeting.
    In the midst of a realignment of grades at the high school and continuing upgrades on the heating and air conditioning system, the wrestling team has been moved out of its home of about 37 years, a heavily padded room on the second level near the gym that also had mechanical equipment in it.