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Education

  • Supervisors frustrated with school communication

    INDEPENDENCE — At their recent close-out meeting for the previous fiscal year, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved a request from the school board to use leftover school funding, after a debate concerning communication between the supervisors and school board and the county’s understanding of where funding is being applied.

    Prior to the vote, several supervisors expressed confusion and frustration over the communication between the two boards regarding finances.

  • Hundley represents Galax students on school board

    Staff Report

    Savannah Hundley has been selected as the 2019-2020 student representative to the Galax School Board — the first student to ever serve in this role.

    The school board passed a new policy at their April meeting providing for a student representative to be selected each spring to serve the following school year. The student may be a junior or senior and serves as a non-voting member of the board.

  • Grayson names top teachers

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board recently recognized each of the seven individual schools’ Teacher of the Year winners, as well as the division winner who is now eligible to compete for the state title in 2020.

    The 2018-19 division winner is Lisa Fleming, a third grade teacher at Fairview Elementary. She began teaching in Grayson in 2002 at the former Baywood School. She has 35 years of teaching experience.

  • Schools get resource officer grants

    Grants recently awarded a combined total of nearly $200,000 to Galax, Carroll and Grayson, to fund school resource officer (SRO) positions.

    Grayson County will add two new officers and retain one, Galax will add one officer and Carroll will use the money to retain three officers.

    The state Criminal Justice Services Board awarded a total of 87 grants to 53 localities throughout Virginia in May, totaling at $3.47 million.

  • Local schools honored for continuous improvement

    Staff Report

    The state Board of Education has recognized schools in Grayson County, Carroll County and Galax for continuous improvement.

    The local schools recognized were among 183 that earned the Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award. The recognition program replaces the Virginia Index of Performance recognition program.

    Local schools recognized include:

    • Carroll County: Fancy Gap Elementary, Hillsville Elementary and St. Paul School;

    • Galax: Galax Elementary and Galax High; and

  • GHS seniors help hometown

    Galax High School students showed off their senior projects at the April and May meetings of the Galax School Board, detailing their various community improvement efforts.

    In April, Maya Young and Anna Hix’s senior project was a winter coat drive, which they said they chose because drives for food and toiletries were already very prevalent. They said they discovered through research that people of color and women are likelier to live in poverty.

  • Galax School Board accepts resignations

    Several personnel changes came out of the Galax City School Board’s annual closeout meeting last Thursday night, as several staff members’ resignations were formally recognized, new staff were hired and some employees were reassigned.

    Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kristie Legg, Galax Elementary Principal Emily Boyles, Galax Elementary Assistant Principal Kristen Quesenberry, GES teacher Erika Hill, Galax High School teacher and girls basketball coach Howard Mayo and GHS nurse Esther Ledford’s letters of resignation were all recognized.

  • GMS adds resource officer

    Staff Reports

    A state grant will pay for a new resource officer at Galax Middle School, the school system announced this week.

    The Galax Police Department has two SROs in place now — Vickie Taylor at Galax High School and Fred Bobbitt at Galax Elementary.

    The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services is providing a $26,750 grant to establish a part-time school resource officer (SRO) at the middle school.

  • Bluegrass boot camp

    Aspiring young bluegrass musicians once again had the chance to learn from the pros at this year’s Bluegrass Bootcamp at HoustonFest, held June 7 in Galax’s Felts Park. The day-long program at the music festival offered a series of workshops with the likes of family act Mountain Highway, Shadowgrass members and Dori Freeman, Scott Freeman and Willard Gayheart. Students took lessons with their preferred instrument, or in the craft of songwriting, and gave performances at the end of the day.

  • Anderson not seeking second term

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School Board At-large Member Tracy “Zeke” Anderson has announced that he will not run for another term in this ye ar’s general election.

    Anderson took the at-large seat on the school board following a special election on Nov. 8, 2016, winning by two votes against challenger Philip Vaughan. The school board seat Anderson filled was left vacant in July 2016, after former at-large member Tim “T.T.” Carico died from injuries sustained in an ATV accident.