• Budget will include raises for teachers


    INDEPENDENCE – Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the Grayson County School Board at its Jan. 14 meeting he was “working on numbers” to give teachers and service personnel a raise in the 2019-2020 school budget.

    Wilmore said that Gov. Ralph Northam supported increased wages for teachers and has included a five percent increase in his budget.

    “The governor has promised there will be more funds for teachers,” Wilmore said.

  • Snow, flooding delay GES project

    Despite being about 50 days behind schedule, the delays in construction of the Galax Elementary expansion and renovation will not cost more money.

    Yancey Powers of the WM2A architectural firm told school board members at their Jan. 8 meeting that the delays were caused by both flooding and heavy snow the city has experienced.

  • Huff helps students prepare for careers

    INDEPENDENCE — Dwayne Huff, CTE Director for the Grayson County Career & Technical Education (CATE) Center, is excited to help students find their paths to a happy future through project-based learning resources and teamwork among the CATE Center faculty members.

    Huff assumed the seat as CTE director last year, filling the space left by retiring CTE Director Angie Lawson.

  • Students use grants for fresh ideas

    INDEPENDENCE — Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom awarded two $500 grants for Grayson County school projects in 2018.

    Grayson County High School (GCHS) and the Grayson County Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center were among the recipients of 62 mini-grants awarded by the program for the 2018-19 school year.

    The CATE Center received a $500 grant for “Blue Devil on the Go,” a project designed by Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Jamey Wingate. This project will introduce healthy snacks for the school’s student athletes.

  • School bus crashes on the rise in Va.

    Staff Report

    A crash last week involving school buses in Hillsville has underscored the importance of safety precautions, as has a recent spate of bus-related crashes nationwide.

    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reports a three percent increase in school bus involved crashes in Virginia in the past five years.

  • Project AIM is there to help WCC students

    Staff Report

    It has been only a year since Gabriel Solis Ramos of Galax enrolled in the business administration program at Wytheville Community College (WCC).

    When he began his college career, he was selected to participate in the Student Support Services Program, better known as Project AIM, which has given him support to succeed as a first-generation college student. The service has been available to WCC students for nearly 50 years.

  • Carroll school buses collide

    HILLSVILLE – Local emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle crash between two Carroll County School buses that occurred in Hillsville on Wednesday evening.

    According to reports from Hillsville Police Department Officer Austin Atkins, the accident took place at approximately 3:40 p.m. near the Virginia Department of Transportation office on Virginia Street. The driver of Carroll County Bus #14, Kendra Holt Leonard, 37, of Cana, failed to stop, running into the back of Carroll County Bus #68, driven by Jason Daniel Easter, 37, of Cana.

  • Driver takes last ride after 55 years

    FRIES — On Joe Vaughan’s last day as a bus driver, the staff of Fries School staff, Grayson County school system personnel and county board members celebrated his 55-year career.

    On Nov. 30, Vaughan was presented with a certificate and cake from Sandra Anders, director of transportation; an envelope from Susie Funk, assistant superintendent of instruction; and a walking stick to use during his retirement from Fries Principal John Alexander.

  • Governor announces school safety plan

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed state budget features an additional $39 million in new money for investments to ensure safe learning environments for Virginia’s K-12 students.

    Northam also is proposing to allocate $36 million to fund additional school counselors across the commonwealth, and additional money to provide training for school resource officers.

  • Governor proposes more money for schools

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed budget will feature $268.7 million in new money for investments in Virginia’s K-12 education system, according to the spending plan released Wednesday.

    The budget proposal includes an additional 2 percent raise in teacher salaries, totaling $88 million, that will result in a total 5 percent raise effective July 1, 2019.