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Education

  • Legislators approve education reforms

    RICHMOND — Virginia’s teachers may be getting several items on their legislative wish list after the House of Delegates approved a handful of education-overhaul bills on Tuesday, the eve of the session’s crossover deadline.
    The changes could mean fewer standardized tests, more time to prepare for them and a delay in giving each school an A-F grade based largely on those exam scores.

  • Auxiliary gym could solve many issues at CCHS

    HILLSVILLE — Adding an auxiliary gym along and other improvements to Carroll County High School would solve a variety of space, accessibility and security issues there, Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship told the county supervisors Monday.
    Blankenship attended the regular February supervisors’ meeting at the request of Pine Creek Representative Bob Martin, in connection with a $3.4 million capital improvement plan request involving the high school and an auxiliary gym.

  • Between class and home, kids find afterschool cool

    Elementary and middle school children meet up at the Galax Recreation Center’s fourth floor gymnasium after school for fun activities and homework help.

  • Superintendents speak out on education budget

    RICHMOND – Virginia’s school superintendents say that former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s budget plan to increase public education funding looks good on the surface, “it is far short of adequate.”
    The school chiefs issued a statement last month in reaction to the outgoing governor’s proposal for an additional $515.3 million in education money for the next two years.

  • GES students show off tech skills

    Galax Elementary School students showed off their computer skills this year for the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE), earning many of them spots in this year’s Student Technology Integration Challenge (STIC).

    Students from Shannon Wilson’s technology classes were first-, second- and third-place winners, according to a news release.

    “My goal is for my students to realize that these programs are useful in everyday life,” Wilson told The Gazette.

  • Grayson to use grants for school projects

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School Board will seek to replace Grayson County High School football field’s bleachers using leftover grant funds from the school’s recent athletic field and facilities renovation project.
    The board also plans to use some of the funding for various other needs around the schools.

  • School board accepts bid for STEAM lab

    HILLSVILLE — Though bids for the new sciences lab at Carroll High came in high, Carroll officials still hope to pay for it through money already available for school improvements.
    Soon after the addition of several new classrooms to house the ninth grade at the high school, county officials and educators embarked on a project to replace the four-decades-old heating and air conditioning system and supplying natural gas to the facility to fuel the boilers there.

  • School board supports SOL test changes

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board has pledged its support to a movement gaining momentum across the state that calls for changes in Virginia’s testing system.
    Grayson joins more than 45 other school boards and representatives of 12 major education associations in Virginia who have adopted a resolution calling for state policymakers to change Virginia’s system of testing and accountability so that it is more effective in preparing students for college and careers and more valid in holding educators accountable for student achievement.

  • Plan to fix schools under fire

    NORFOLK — The fate of a new statewide entity with the task of fixing underperforming schools is up in the air thanks to a slate of new elected state officials and a lawsuit working its way through the courts.
    A nine-member board has been appointed. An executive director earning $125,000 a year is in place. Still, few people —  including those appointed to guide the system — seem to know much about its next steps.

  • Galax Elementary plants 'Grateful Garden

    Galax Elementary educators felt grateful for a recent warm December day to get an early start on their new teaching garden.
    Many of the participating students wore jackets while helping dig out the first shovelful of dirt in “The Grateful Garden of Galax” behind the school, even though the temperature seemed to hover around the 60s.