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Education

  • 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.”

  • Carroll IDA seeking bids for school upgrades

    HILLSVILLE — Doing as the Carroll supervisors requested in May, Carroll Industrial Development Authority members decided to seek construction bids on a mechanical system update at the high school.
    After a closed session at their Monday meeting, authority member Richard Sowers made a motion to seek bids for the effort to replace the aging heating and air conditioning system at Carroll County High School.
    The authority members approved the motion unanimously after a second from Clinton Willie.

  • Art school looks at past success, plans for future

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts in Galax review its progress over the past year and looked ahead to a new woodworking studio at its most recent board meeting.
    For the school’s first year, 2011-2012, the school showed an overall growth of 173 percent. Documents shared with the CCSA board showed a significant rise in numbers in most of the categories, including Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) hours, outreach and on-demand usage, the Empty Bowls project, The Galax Art Guild and facility usage.

  • Iroler is new GHS principal

    The Galax City School Board has selected Justin Iroler to serve as principal of Galax High School beginning July 1.
    Iroler will fill the vacancy left by departing principal Dr. Jody Ray, who resigned in May.
    The board unanimously approved Iroler for the position during a board meeting on May 29. The news was announced during a faculty meeting the next day, and those in attendance gave a standing ovation, according to School Board Chairman Ray Kohl.
    Galax Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill told The Gazette that the board was pleased with the selection.

  • Grayson schools to continue auto mechanics program

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will move forward with seeking certification to continue its auto mechanics program through the county’s Career and Technical Education Center (CATE).
    CATE Principal Karen Blevins talked with the school board earlier this month requesting approval to seek certification.
    Blevins explained that at some point the certification was dropped, primarily due to costs.
    At the time, having a certified instructor was sufficient. Legislation changed two years ago, requiring programs to be certified by July 1, 2013.

  • GHS seniors leave their mark

    As Galax High School’s senior class prepares to graduate on May 31, some members of the Class of 2013 are leaving their mark on their alma mater.
    Ali Reyna’s idea was to leave a literal mark, in the form of a mural of fellow seniors’ handprints.
    “I wanted to leave a legacy for our senior class: an artwork to continue over the years,” he said.
    After brainstorming several ideas, he came up with the concept of using a wall inside the school for seniors to leave their handprints before they graduate.