• Judge to pick new school board member


    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board met in closed session for almost five hours Wednesday night but failed to agree on a replacement for the Oldtown District seat left vacant by Hobert Bailey, who resigned last month.

    Board members went into closed session at the special called meeting shortly after 6 p.m. to interview the four people who submitted letters of interest for Bailey’s seat.

    The four contenders are Diane Haynes, Larry Bartlett, Chris Sutherland and Keith Andrews.

  • School board finds few budget solutions


    INDEPENDENCE — At a work session April 27, the Grayson County School Board found more questions than answers as members tried to balance the 2015-2016 operating budget.

    Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant presented a revised budget for board members to consider.

    Chalfant said in a statement to The Gazette, “the numbers are all dependent on student count, so depending on which number we plug in, the amount to cut will vary.”

  • GCHS Prom 2015

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — About 300 danced the night away at Grayson County High School’s annual Junior-Senior Prom on April 25.

    The prom’s theme this year was “If Only for One Night.” The event was coordinated by GCHS teacher Amanda Brewer, who was assisted by many volunteers.

  • Chalfant addresses school budget issues

    INDEPENDENCE — After weeks of often adversarial public meetings on the county’s school budget, Grayson Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant on Wednesday issued a statement to local media about the challenges facing school officials.

    The statement came a day after parents, students and community members demonstrated outside the school board office to demand changes in leadership and protested recent decisions on budgeting, finances, personnel and safety.

  • Grayson school board to make appointment

    INDEPENDENCE — Letters of interest are still being accepted to fill a vacant slot on the Grayson County School Board.

    The Oldtown District seat became vacant last month when Hobert Bailey, a 16-year member, resigned. At the time, Bailey was serving as chairman of the school board.

    Vice Chairman Shannon Holdaway said during a recent budget work session of the school board that a special meeting will be held on May 6 at 6 p.m. The school board will review the applicants in closed session.

  • CCHS Prom 2015
  • 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.