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Education

  • Local schools receive state report cards

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    This year’s accreditation scores for schools in the Twin County area are reflecting a statewide trend, as the new and more difficult state tests pose new challenges and set higher goals for school systems to reach.

  • High school aims higher

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    With accreditation standards becoming more difficult to achieve, Galax High School has become proactive in bringing staff, administrators and teachers together to create a team that is focused on learning and success.

  • Closed school as busy as ever

    HILLSVILLE — Though Woodlawn school won’t be used as an educational facility when its transferred to the county supervisors in October, athletic teams will still need the gym and the ball fields for their games.
    Carroll educators have a timeline to give the former school back to the county supervisors, and both governmental bodies have made plans for the transfer.

  • Grayson approves resource officers

    INDEPENDENCE – After months of discussions between the school board and county supervisors, Grayson County Public Schools will receive two new school resource officers for the current school year.
    County officials came to an agreement on how to pay for the new officers, after earlier funding discussions seemed to indicate the school board could not afford to pay the amount of local matching funds that the supervisors required.

  • Galax to study year-round school

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    Grant funding awarded to Galax City Schools will allow the school board to look into the possibility of a year-round curriculum. As a stipulation of the grant, the board will have to make its final decision about the curriculum by next fall.
    In the interest of providing students with resources to succeed academically, the Galax City School Board has looked into several options to improve the curriculum.

  • 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.