• Grayson revises school budget to add funds

    INDEPENDENCE — At its Oct. 12 meeting, the Grayson County School Board approved a revised school budget, adding $689,123.09.

    Interim Schools Superintendent Larry Massie noted that the additions were made thanks to grants, carryover funds and the recent allocation of $149,394 from the county.

    “I think we finally have a budget that will work this year. We have worked with both sides and it thrills my heart to know the cooperation and care that each of these boards has given this budget,” said At-Large School Board Member Larry Bartlett.

  • Charge alleges athletic fund money taken


    INDEPENDENCE – A former secretary/bookkeeper at Grayson County High School has been indicted on embezzlement and forgery charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury, as part of an ongoing investigation by Virginia State Police.

    The charges were related to money from athletic funds and other funds maintained by the school system.

  • Schools examine homeschool, religious exemptions

    INDEPENDENCE — With the recent rise in SOL test scores, Grayson County school officials are examining trends in Average Daily Membership (ADM) and how they correlate to test score performance.

    Specifically, the Grayson County School Board is curious to see how the ratio of homeschool and religious-exempt students compares to the number of students enrolled in public school, as SOL test scores improve.

  • Teachers feel 'intersession' week benefits students

    At the Oct. 13 Galax City School Board meeting, Superintendent Bill Sturgill said the school system’s intersession week was a success again.

    “It takes a tremendous amount of planning and work that goes into pulling off that one week of school,” he said, and thanked teachers and staff for their work.

  • Schools focus on bullying prevention

    HILLSVILLE – October is Bullying Prevention Month in Carroll County Schools, and educators hope to help parents and students with information on cyberbullying specifically.

    The Carroll County School Board at its Oct. 8 meeting unanimously signed a proclamation declaring the intention of this focus is that the issue of bullying and its prevention be discussed in Virginia schools and classrooms this month.

  • Grayson gives schools additional $150,000

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved a request from the Grayson County School Board to appropriate $149,394 in additional funds for education.

    Supervisors approved the money for the school board during their Oct. 8 meeting. The decision was unanimous, with the exception of Supervisor Glen Rosenbaum, who was not present at the meeting.

  • Grant pays for school security upgrades

    RICHMOND — Five schools in Grayson County will benefit from school security equipment grants recently announced by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

    The grants will apply to 519 schools and other educational facilities in 100 school divisions statewide. The total $6 million will go toward paying for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, classroom locks, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems and other security upgrades, according to a news release.

  • GCHS homecoming to feature parade


    INDEPENDENCE – Something new has been added to this year’s homecoming celebration at Grayson County High School – a victory parade and community pep rally.

    The Blue Devils will take on the Floyd County Buffaloes on Friday at 7 p.m. A homecoming queen will be crowned at halftime.

    The parade and pep rally will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The parade theme is: “We are loud, We are proud, We are Grayson County.”

  • Carroll teachers and students recognized

    HILLSVILLE – At the Carroll County School Board meeting on Sept. 8, teachers and students were recognized for outstanding accomplishments.

    Steve Mason and Matthew Tompkins, educators at the Carroll County Alternative Education Center, were recognized as Outstanding Specialists with the Jobs for Virginia Graduates (JVG) program.

  • Massie to serve as school chief until Nov. 30


    INDEPENDENCE – Dr. Larry Massie will continue to serve as interim superintendent of the Grayson County School System through Nov. 30, after the Grayson County School Board approved a memorandum of agreement at its Sept. 14 meeting.

    Massie, who lives in Richmond, was appointed interim superintendent on June 17 after superintendent Kevin Chalfant resigned on May 31.

    The school board is continuing to interview applicants for the superintendent’s position.