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Education

  • Grayson schools looking ahead

    INDEPENDENCE ― In his report at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Grayson County School Board, Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said he has discussed a study of potential upgrades for the district’s five schools.

    He brought up the possibility of using electric heat in the future instead of propane, as an example.

    The school board might try to have an official meeting with the county board in December.

  • School secretary nominated for LifeChanger award

    Staff Report

    FRIES — Fries School secretary and bookkeeper Janie Griffith has been nominated for the 2018-2019 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

    Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States. Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2018-2019 school year.

  • Grayson schools receive school security grants

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson County High School and Grayson Highlands School were included in more than 100 school divisions that received $6 million in school security equipment grants this year.

    Gov. Ralph Northam awarded the grant funding in October as an effort to protect students and teachers. The grants will be used to purchase various security equipment upgrades for schools across the Commonwealth.

  • School board celebrates student achievements

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board celebrated a successful school year as they reflected on the Student Achievement Results and Student/Teacher Ratio reports.

    At the board’s Sept. 10 meeting, Susie Funk, director of student learning for the school system, provided a summary of the report for the 2017-18 school year. She began by reminding the board that all schools in the system were fully accredited this year, for the first time in seven years. The schools also achieved the highest gains in the state, according to a CIP report from Region VII.

  • WCC, Foundation announce health scholarships

    Staff Report

    The Twin County Community Foundation recently announced the establishment of the Twin County Community Foundation Scholarship Program through the Wytheville Community College Educational Foundation.

  • Grandfather, grandson graduate from WCC 50 years apart

    As Wytheville Community College (WCC) celebrates its 55th anniversary, the college is recognizing successful alumni, including a grandfather and grandson from Elk Creek who graduated 50 years apart.

  • GHS principal glad to be back home

    Anyone visiting Galax High School may notice that there’s a new principal in charge.

    Marc Quesenberry, who graduated in the GHS Class of ’79, returned this semester to take over the helm.

    (He replaces Justin Iroler, who is now principal of Galax Middle School.)

    “I’m very excited to be here,” Quesenberry says, in his office for a brief stop. “Getting back in the maroon and white has been thrilling and rejuvenating for me.”

  • Big plans for old school

    TROUTDALE — The Appalachian Regional Commission has approved $500,000 in grant funds for the Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC), a non-profit dedicated to exploring, discovering and sharing the natural history of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    A news release from U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) explained that the grant will go towards renovating the former Luther Konnarock Training School in Grayson County into a location for educational programs centered on the biodiversity of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

  • Carroll answers school food concerns

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County school officials this week responded to recent concerns regarding food safety, after a student and parent posted on social media about alleged maggots in food and spoiled milk.

    “Our health inspector performs the same checklist on the cafeteria as they would in a restaurant,” Carroll Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Burnette told The Gazette on Tuesday.

    He said health inspections are performed regularly and have ruled out any food health or safety concerns.

  • All local schools accredited

    Staff Report

    All 18 schools across three divisions in Galax, Carroll and Grayson are fully accredited under new state standards, but the new system also requires some schools to implement action plans or undergo academic review based on test scores.

    The Virginia Department of Education on Thursday reported the first school ratings under new state accreditation standards designed to promote continuous achievement in all schools, close achievement gaps and expand accountability beyond overall performance on Standards of Learning tests.