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Education

  • 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.

  • Bus drivers get benefits

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County School Board has returned benefits to part-time bus drivers, after discovering it had more flexibility in its budget.

    Part-time employees have been requesting a return of benefits for several months.

    The school board voted to reinstate the benefits at its meeting on Sept. 11.

    Several requests were made earlier this year, from part-time bus drivers employed by Carroll County Public Schools.

  • Grayson posts highest gains in state for SOL tests

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools celebrated another milestone in Standards of Learning (SOL) rankings this year, with the recent announcement that the school system achieved the highest rank gains in the state for the 2017-18 school year.

    According to Matt Hurt, director of the Comprehensive Instructional Program (CIP) — a consortium of public school divisions in the state that collaborate towards a shared goal of improved student achievements — the county’s pass rate this past year was 81.89 percent, up from 79.92 percent in 2016-17.

  • Local schools join nationwide reading effort

    Staff Report

    A new educational initiative aims to increase the chances for success for local students by making sure they are reading at the appropriate level by third grade.

    Southwest Virginia schools are joining the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR Campaign), a collaborative effort to improve reading proficiency, early learning and early school success for children from low-income families.

  • Mural honors Gladeville librarian, teacher

    GLADEVILLE – The Carroll County community has joined together to honor the memory of a local woman who served in the field of education for many years at both Gladeville Elementary School and Woodlawn High School.

    On Aug. 3, Gladeville Elementary multimedia specialist Amy Collett proudly unveiled a mural created by local artist and retired art teacher, Jeanette Roth. The creation of the mural was made possible through a generous donation by the Gladeville Ruritan Club in honor of Joe and Mary Alice Holderfield.