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Education

  • Local schools honored for continuous improvement

    Staff Report

    The state Board of Education has recognized schools in Grayson County, Carroll County and Galax for continuous improvement.

    The local schools recognized were among 183 that earned the Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award. The recognition program replaces the Virginia Index of Performance recognition program.

    Local schools recognized include:

    • Carroll County: Fancy Gap Elementary, Hillsville Elementary and St. Paul School;

    • Galax: Galax Elementary and Galax High; and

  • GHS seniors help hometown

    Galax High School students showed off their senior projects at the April and May meetings of the Galax School Board, detailing their various community improvement efforts.

    In April, Maya Young and Anna Hix’s senior project was a winter coat drive, which they said they chose because drives for food and toiletries were already very prevalent. They said they discovered through research that people of color and women are likelier to live in poverty.

  • Galax School Board accepts resignations

    Several personnel changes came out of the Galax City School Board’s annual closeout meeting last Thursday night, as several staff members’ resignations were formally recognized, new staff were hired and some employees were reassigned.

    Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kristie Legg, Galax Elementary Principal Emily Boyles, Galax Elementary Assistant Principal Kristen Quesenberry, GES teacher Erika Hill, Galax High School teacher and girls basketball coach Howard Mayo and GHS nurse Esther Ledford’s letters of resignation were all recognized.

  • GMS adds resource officer

    Staff Reports

    A state grant will pay for a new resource officer at Galax Middle School, the school system announced this week.

    The Galax Police Department has two SROs in place now — Vickie Taylor at Galax High School and Fred Bobbitt at Galax Elementary.

    The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services is providing a $26,750 grant to establish a part-time school resource officer (SRO) at the middle school.

  • Bluegrass boot camp

    Aspiring young bluegrass musicians once again had the chance to learn from the pros at this year’s Bluegrass Bootcamp at HoustonFest, held June 7 in Galax’s Felts Park. The day-long program at the music festival offered a series of workshops with the likes of family act Mountain Highway, Shadowgrass members and Dori Freeman, Scott Freeman and Willard Gayheart. Students took lessons with their preferred instrument, or in the craft of songwriting, and gave performances at the end of the day.

  • Anderson not seeking second term

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School Board At-large Member Tracy “Zeke” Anderson has announced that he will not run for another term in this ye ar’s general election.

    Anderson took the at-large seat on the school board following a special election on Nov. 8, 2016, winning by two votes against challenger Philip Vaughan. The school board seat Anderson filled was left vacant in July 2016, after former at-large member Tim “T.T.” Carico died from injuries sustained in an ATV accident.

  • 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.