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Education

  • Galax preparing for Baywood students

    After Baywood Elementary School closed July 1, students are being split “about 50-50” between Fairview Elementary and Independence Elementary, according to Grayson County Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore.

    But, some parents are opting instead to send their kids to Galax schools this fall.

    The 3-2 vote to close the school was made at a Grayson County School Board meeting last month, after much prior consideration and public input. The closure was made due to student attrition and a $1 million school system budget shortfall, Wilmore said.

  • Galax Elementary expansion begins

    The Galax Elementary School expansion and renovation project’s groundbreaking ceremony took place on June 28 at 6 p.m., as members of the school board and city council and a regional agent from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (the funding agency) picked up painted shovels with the Maroon Tide logo and started to dig.

    The moment was preceded by a color guard of military science students, a performance by members of the Galax High School band, and a word from both Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill and Mayor C.M. Mitchell.

  • Baywood School will close

    INDEPENDENCE — The mood at Monday’s special called meeting of the Grayson County School Board was somber and resigned, as the board approved a final recommendation to close Baywood Elementary School.

    Three board members voted in favor of closing and two were opposed. The school will officially close its doors on July 1.

  • Administrators shuffled at Galax schools

    The Galax school system will once again see some changes in the wake of departing Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell and the ascendance of former Galax Elementary School Principal Kristina Legg into her place, said Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    “Everybody that was moved internally, they had interest in the positions they were moved to,” he said.

    Starting in the fall semester of 2018, the following changes will occur in administration:

    • Emily Boyles will move from assistant principal to principal at GES, replacing Legg.

  • Sutherland to retire from Galax schools

    Bill Sutherland, Galax City Schools’ director of CTE, testing and assessment, announced his retirement at last Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
    “I just wanted to say, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the opportunities that you’ve given me,” Sutherland said. “I’ve been really blessed here at Galax, and I’m just thankful for great people like you.”
    Visibly tearing up, he added, “I’m more emotional than I thought.”

  • GHS let down by Lift Life

    The Lift Life Foundation has said it will not fund the Curtis Bartlett Fitness Center at Galax High School, according to School Superintendent Bill Sturgill at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
    Lift Life is a nonprofit organization of Bodybuilding.com. The nonprofit’s mission is to upgrade high schools’ weight rooms with state of the art equipment so students can improve their fitness levels.

  • Budget has money for 7 of 8 schools

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    and SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — After discussing the final details at a recent workshop, the Grayson County School Board approved an amended budget in the amount of $21.3 million at its regular meeting on June 11.
    The spending plan includes funds for only seven of Grayson’s eight schools.
    At the budget workshop June 5, Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said, “this has been a most difficult budget to prepare because of the lack of funds.”

  • Parents question Baywood closure

    BAYWOOD — Since announcing last month that Baywood Elementary School might close due to lack of funding for the fiscal year 2018-19 budget, school leaders have been inundated with questions from concerned citizens.

    To address as many concerns as possible, the school board held a community meeting in the Baywood Elementary auditorium on June 6; and the result was a full house.

  • GCHS student wins car by attending After-Prom Party

    ROANOKE ― This year and last year, churches in Independence partnered with the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC) to provide a safe place for students to spend time with their friends after prom.

    The benefits were two-fold: the event keeps students and the community safe by offering healthy, drug-free activities and keeping impaired drivers off of the road on prom night; and this year, a local student’s participation landed him with a safe new ride.

  • Legg promoted to assistant superintendent

    Dr. Kristina Legg, finishing out the spring 2018 semester as the Galax Elementary principal, will shortly take up her new position as the school system’s assistant superintendent.

    She steps into the role previously filled by Rebecca Cardwell, who is retiring.

    A Dublin native, Legg graduated from Pulaski High School in 1998. “I think people thought I would go back there, but I like it better here,” she says of Galax. “It’s great.”