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Education

  • GES Report Card

    Yancey Powers of architectural firm WM2A led the Galax School Board on a tour of the construction at Galax Elementary School before their Sept. 10 meeting.

    Highlights of the $17 million renovation and expansion project included the new regulation-size gym with fold-out bleachers on one side that can hold 200-plus spectators; a generous-sized music room and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) rooms; the new cafeteria (formerly the old gym); and the kitchen, which boasts, among other things, a freezer with three times the capacity of the old one.

  • Students banned from dance after posting racist sign

    HILLSVILLE – Two students at Carroll County High School have been barred from attending this year’s homecoming after their social media post showed them holding a racially offensive sign.

    The photo spread quickly on social media, causing outrage among many people posting about it Tuesday night.

    The sign was part of a new trend among highschoolers, who are sending “promposals,” photos or videos extending an invitation to prom (or in this case, a homecoming dance) to their desired date.

  • Va.'s First Lady visits local schools

    During her second annual back to school tour, Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam visited early childhood education programs and elementary schools in each of the commonwealth’s eight regions, highlighting the important of school readiness.

    Independence Elementary in Grayson County and St. Paul in Carroll County were the two local schools on the tour, and Northam stopped by last Wednesday for a visit.

  • Project would get runners on track

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A big problem for track and cross country teams in Grayson County for many years is that there is no track.

    Grayson Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore is working to remedy the problem.

    He reported to the Grayson County School Board at its Aug. 12 meeting that he was still working with architects to come up with a suitable site plan somewhere in the county’s recreation park and surrounding area.

  • Grayson, Galax schools consider vocational partnership

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County school system is in talks with Galax City Public Schools to potentially share available classroom space for programs through Grayson County High School’s Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center.

  • Former Galax school chief remembered

    ROCKY MOUNT — Sam Cook began his job as superintendent of Galax City Schools in 1996, the same year that the Galax High School class of 2009 started kindergarten.

    When he retired from Galax 13 years later, he joked that “I plan to graduate with them,” joining those students in tackling the next phases of their lives.

    Cook ended a 42-year career when he left Galax, having served as a teacher, principal and administrator in several districts of Virginia.

  • 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.