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Education

  • Grayson will back new police positions

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Supervisors approved a plan on June 27 that would accept grant money to add two school resource officers and a crime prevention officer to the sheriff department.
    Earlier this month, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that Grayson was among 24 localities that received a grant from the state Criminal Justice Services Board, which would pay a portion of the salaries and benefits for two additional school resource officers (SROs).

  • HVAC cost, timing cause concern in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE  — While latest bids for the heating and air conditioning replacement at Carroll County High School came in about $1 million higher than before, the length of time to replace the mechanical system caused even more concern for educators.
    Carroll Public Schools officials consider the need for updates to the heating and air a given, since the system has been operating ever since the facility was built in the 1960s.

  • School chief says drivers' backgrounds are checked

    HILLSVILLE — All Carroll County Public School employees go through an extensive checklist before starting work to protect the safety of students, according to schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship.
    A June 14 incident recently came to light, in which a substitute bus driver got pulled over by police for driving erratically. He was subsequently charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.
    This resulted in questions from the public about background checks for school employees, Blankenship told The Gazette.

  • Grayson adding school resource officers

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County schools will receive two additional school resource officers (SROs) after the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department received a grant from the state Criminal Justice Services Board.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said full-time school resource officers would be added at Independence Middle School and Grayson Highlands School.
    Vaughan said the county has full-time officers at Grayson County High School and Fries Middle School. Officers will split time with Fairview, Baywood and Independence elementary schools.

  • Stadium work underway at GCHS

    INDEPENDENCE — Anyone who drives by the football field at Grayson County High School won’t have any trouble noticing all the grading work underway.
    Construction began the morning after graduation on June 1 by spraying the field with grass killer. Now, the old grass has been removed and the entire field will be sodded.

  • Carroll schools improving security

    HILLSVILLE — Even as Carroll educators prepare for some much-needed improvements at the high school, another contractor will secure the doors of each facility in the county.
    Officials have asked Ken-Nect Communications to install the security measures at the high school first, so that work won’t interfere with the update to the heating and air conditioning system; connecting the facility to natural gas service; and creating a science, technology, engineering and math lab, according to Superintendent Strader Blankenship at the June 13 school board meeting.

  • IDA looks at interim funds for school work

    HILLSVILLE — County officials might want to move at “hyper speed” to get additional improvements to Carroll High School done as soon as possible, but they don’t expect the heating and air conditioning updates to be completed by the beginning of classes in the fall.
    The Carroll Industrial Development Authority didn’t hesitate to do its part, approving 14 items relating to a $4 million interim loan idea while county officials await the $5 million low interest loan from Rural Development.

  • Technology contract at Grayson schools could mean changes

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County school system is considering hiring Lingo Networks of Galax to manage the division’s information technology (IT) department, which, if officially approved by the school board, would be effective July 1.
    Grayson Superintendent Kevin Chalfant told The Declaration the school system is considering this change due to budget problems and the growing need for improved technology in the schools. He cited the fact that the schools also still have no wireless Internet service, therefore iPads and other technology cannot be used.

  • Carroll gets $5M more for school work

    HILLSVILLE — Additional work on Carroll County High School can proceed after the county received a $5 million loan from U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    The money will cover more than just replacing the aged heating and air conditioning system.
    On the eve of a meeting scheduled by the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to discuss funding options for the work on the high school, Supervisors Chairman David Hutchins announced that the county has learned that it will get the facilities loan from the federal agency.

  • Canning named Grayson teacher of the year

    INDEPENDENCE — Amy Canning, a seventh grade special education teacher at Independence Middle School, was named the Grayson County Teacher of the Year in special ceremonies held last month.
    A teacher of the year was selected from each of the eight schools in Grayson County, and Canning was selected for the top honor.
    Kevin Chalfant, superintendent of Grayson County schools, complimented Canning during his presentation: “She was born to be a teacher.”