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Education

  • GHS students plan for future at college fair

    Virginia College Application Week at Galax High School saw a college fair with 18 educational institutions from around the state and beyond setting up tables in the school’s library to answer questions and accept applications from seniors.

    Feedback for the event was positive, said Principal Justin Iroler, adding that this year’s college fair applicant number was more than double the last. Many colleges, to help, waive the application fee on-site.

  • Galax meets tough academic standards

    The statistics are in and they all point in one direction: Galax City Public Schools are meeting both state and federal accreditation standards, partly due to the remediation classes that take place during each semester’s intersession week.

    “We have some really significant accomplishments here,” said Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill, who particularly attributed Galax’s success to the teachers.

  • GMS earns $133,000 grant to improve reading

    Galax Middle School has been awarded a 21st Century grant that will pay for programs to improve reading and math scores and increase family literacy, among other things.

    The grant also is being used to set up a mentoring program that ties the middle school to the elementary and high schools, along with an adult mentor for every group of students elected to participate in the program.

  • Lawson to lead Grayson's CATE Center

    INDEPENDENCE — In addition to appointing Kelly Wilmore as the new schools superintendent, the Grayson County School Board approved a list of appointments for the school system during the Nov. 9 meeting.

    Included in the list for approval was Angela Lawson, who will serve as the principal for the school’s Career & Technical Education (CATE) Center. She began Nov. 10.

  • Galax seeking school mentors

    Galax schools are looking for adult mentors to work with kids one or two days a month, according to Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell.

  • 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.