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  • Protesters call for school changes


    INDEPENDENCE — Members of the Grayson Citizens for Better Schools staged a peaceful demonstration Monday morning in front of the Grayson County School Board office in Independence, calling for changes in leadership and protesting recent budget cuts and teacher firings.

    Several motorists honked their horns as they passed by the group, which held signs referencing school leaders they’d like to see replaced.

  • Sheriff cautioned school of potential danger


    INDEPENDENCE — A 2012 incident in Grayson County schools still causes concern for many parents, and a letter obtained by a citizens’ group shows those concerns were shared by the sheriff’s office, as well.

    The situation involved a Grayson County High School student who allegedly made a “homicidal threat” to another student and was reportedly seen with a knife at school, according to a letter from Sheriff Richard Vaughan to Grayson Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant on Nov. 8, 2012.

  • WCC names new president

    RICHMOND – Dr. Dean E. Sprinkle of Statesville, N.C., will become the next president at Wytheville Community College, announced Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Sprinkle will begin his new post July 1, replacing retiring president Charlie White.

    “Dr Sprinkle will be a tremendous fit for Wytheville Community College,” DuBois said in making the appointment. “He has built an impressive career of academic leadership and I’m looking forward to seeing the next chapter of that unfold here in Virginia.”

  • School board splits on staffing reduction


    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board passed a “reduction in force” recommendation for teachers at its meeting last Thursday night, but failed to pass the additional staff reductions list.

    A motion to cut several staff positions failed to get a second, and the teacher reduction motion was approved on a split vote.

  • Grayson school board chairman resigns


    INDEPENDENCE – Hobert Bailey, chairman of the Grayson County School Board, has resigned.

    Bailey has been a member of the board representing the Oldtown District for the past 16 years. He could not be reached for comment on Friday.

    School board member Wynn Combs made the motion to accept Bailey’s resignation at last Thursday night’s school board meeting. School board member Fred Weatherman seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously.

  • County gives schools $1 million, with conditions

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors proposed approving more than $1 million more in funding for schools than the state requires – but only if school officials meet several special requirements. County Administrator Jonathan Sweet unveiled the proposal for the coming fiscal year at an April 15 budget work session for supervisors.

  • Parents ask school chief to resign


    INDEPENDENCE – Tracy Anderson, representing the 500-plus-member Grayson Citizens for Better Schools, called for the resignation of Grayson County School Superintendent Kevin Chalfant during last Thursday’s regular school board meeting.

    The meeting was originally set for the library at the Independence Middle School, but was moved to the auditorium when the crowd swelled to around 300 people.

  • Parents ask county to take over school budget

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Representatives of a recently formed citizens’ group told the board of supervisors on Thursday that they feel schools in Grayson County are being mismanaged.

    Although the two representatives from a 500-member group called Grayson County Citizens for Better Schools each asked supervisors to exercise more control over how Grayson schools are run, supervisors who responded said they are limited in what they can do.

  • More students bring more money to Galax schools

    While school systems in neighboring counties are dealing with lost funds due to drops in student population, Galax is seeing the opposite.

    The Galax School Board last month asked the city to amend the 2015 fiscal year education budget to show an increase of $237,140 in state and federal funding.

    Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill told Galax City Council members at their March 9 meeting that the division received more money than it budgeted for, due to having more students than anticipated.