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Education

  • GHS alumnus to deliver 2019 graduation speech

    Charles Adams, class of 2008, will be the commencement speaker for this year’s Galax High School graduation ceremony, to be held on the athletic field June 8 at 9 a.m.

    Adams was born and raised in Galax and “did all of my schooling in Galax City public schools,” he says. He went on to the University of Virginia, graduating in 2012 with dual bachelors’ degrees in foreign affairs and global development studies.

  • Grayson schools honor good citizens

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools recently held its annual Citizenship of the Year awards ceremony in the Grayson County High School auditorium.

    Principals from each school in the division awarded top students for their display of good citizenship throughout the 2018-19 school year.

    “To me, this is probably the most prestigious award we give out all year,” said Kelly Wilmore, division superintendent.

  • School chief, sheriff discuss shooting threat

    INDEPENDENCE — A student who threatened a school shooting at Grayson County High School on Monday is not a danger to the rest of the student body, said Grayson County Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore.

    “We’re still looking into it,” said Wilmore on Monday.

    The threat was made on social media, specifically Instagram, according to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

  • Board hears school budget comments

    HILLSVILLE — In response to recent decisions regarding county finances and developing an operating budget for the Carroll County Public School System for the upcoming fiscal year, several concerned citizens attended a public hearing held on April 29 to provide feedback.

  • School board gives property to city

    A 62-acre property the Galax School Board originally bought for the site a proposed new school has been given to the city.

    When the board decided instead to renovate and expand the existing Galax Elementary, it no longer had a use for the land off Kipling Lane.

    After debating the issue during a closed meeting at its April 9 meeting, the school board reconvened to a public meeting and voted to give its property to the city.

  • GES teacher recognized for helping students with disabilities

    Jessica Draper, a special education teacher at Galax Elementary School, has been selected as the Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities (VCLD) Outstanding Teacher of the Year for 2019.

    Draper has “been instrumental in helping our school becoming fully inclusive,” said GES Principal Emily Broyles. “She has truly been a trailblazer in moving our special education department in a promising direction.”

  • GES project has about a year to go

    The architect overseeing the Galax Elementary School renovation and expansion recently provided an update on the project’s progress.

    Architect and liaison Yancey Powers with the firm WM2A has taken a little time near the end of each Galax School Board meeting to update everyone on how the work is going.

    However, it’s easy to get lost in small details, so The Gazette took a moment to ask Powers about the broad outlines of the project and its ultimate goals, and to see where it is presently.

  • Galax School Board approves budget

    The Galax City School Board approved the fiscal year 2020 budget at the April 9 meeting.

    The budget includes a 3 percent raise for all faculty and staff members.

    “You know, really, it’s probably one of the best budgets we’ve had in 10 years,” said Schools Superintendant Bill Sturgill, further describing it as “solid.”

  • Carroll questions school budget

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors continued evaluating departmental budget requests at its April 8 meeting, with hopes of seeking level funding for the upcoming fiscal year.

    From discussions that have occurred during the weekly joint budget workshop sessions between the supervisors, the Carroll County Public Service Authority, the county administrator’s office and the treasurer’s office, several ideas have been proposed to address the nearly $1.5 million shortfall in available funding.

  • Grayson sets graduation date, approves new computer science class

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County, like other localities in the area, has experienced a hard year weather-wise.

    The school staff has worked to set make-up days when possible.

    During March’s regular school board meeting, Board Member Fred Weatherman said he had received several calls from parents wanting to know the graduation date.