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Education

  • Grayson supervisors devise school budget plan

    By LARRY CHAMBERS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – As the Grayson school system faces a $1 million dollar shortfall in revenue due to loss of student funding and an increase in insurance costs, the supervisors are devising a plan to meet the school board’s request for the county to contribute more than the minimum it its required to provide.

  • Galax receives $17.1M for school renovation

    The City of Galax received a $17.1 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week, to be used for the Galax Elementary School project.

    Of that total, $100,000 is for covering legal fees, consultant fees, advertising for the project and any other related costs, said City Manager Keith Barker.

    Coram Construction of North Carolina originally submitted a bid of $17.8 million; but with additional fees, including those listed above, the final amount was just shy of $20 million.

  • Campbell named teacher of the year

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Middle School Coach Charles Campbell was named the 2018 teacher of the year for the Grayson County Public Schools district, during a ceremony held May 14 at the GCHS auditorium.

    Before the board’s regular monthly meeting, Campbell and seven other instructors were honored for their contributions to the school system during the 2017-18 school year.

  • Once homeless, Galax woman overcomes odds to graduate

    Submitted by Jill Ross & Katherine Asbury

    Wytheville Community College

    Statistically speaking, she shouldn’t even be in college. It should have been almost impossible. After all, children who’ve been in foster care as teenagers have about a 3 percent chance of ever earning a college degree.

    But Destiny Moody refused to be another statistic. In fact, she’s defied the odds most of her life.

    On Saturday, she did it again.

  • Galax names three to school board

    Two new members will join a returning incumbent on the Galax School Board on July 1, when new terms begin.

    Galax City Council requested letters of interest from citizens who wanted to fill the three spots, conducted interviews and recently announced the appointees.

    Ray Kohl, who serves as chairman currently, was reappointed for a another three-year term.

  • Lockdown drills prepare officers for the worst

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County public school system has partnered with local law enforcement in recent years to further develop and strengthen security measures for students’ well-being.

    In the interest of being prepared for worst case scenarios, a plan of action for any and all threats are consistently discussed. Such was the case for a recent lockdown drill that was held by the county’s tactical team at Grayson County High School.

  • Supervisors question school spending plan

    INDEPENDENCE — Trust issues and spending questions became topics of a joint budget work session April 26 between the Grayson County Board of Supervisors and the Grayson County School Board.

    While supervisors asked for a more detailed breakdown of spending, school officials argued that they’ve proven the school system has been responsible with public money.

  • GES project bid higher than expected

    The bidding process for Galax Elementary School’s renovation and expansion project has hit a few snags, said Yancey Powers of the WM2A architectural firm, but he feels they can be overcome.

    At the April 10 meeting, Powers told the Galax School Board that only one bid was received, and it totaled $17.8 million. “We were shooting for around $14.5 million,” he reminded the board.

    (The total project budget, with design fees and contingencies added, is $17 million.)

  • Sport growing, but Grayson lacks track

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Track is the fastest growing sport in the Grayson County school system, but the program has a big problem – no track.

    Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the Grayson County School Board at its April 9 meeting that there are more than 40 runners on this year’s track team, but to practice they have to run the streets and highways around Independence, which he feels “is dangerous.”

  • Galax sets graduation date, last day of school

    June 12 will be the last day of school for Galax students, and June 9 will be the high school’s graduation day, as set by the Galax School Board at its April meeting.

    The graduation speaker will be Darrick Andre Early, from the GHS Class of 1994. Early also spoke at the Mt. Zion Holiness Church of God’s Black History Month celebration in February.