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Education

  • School board gives property to city

    A 62-acre property the Galax School Board originally bought for the site a proposed new school has been given to the city.

    When the board decided instead to renovate and expand the existing Galax Elementary, it no longer had a use for the land off Kipling Lane.

    After debating the issue during a closed meeting at its April 9 meeting, the school board reconvened to a public meeting and voted to give its property to the city.

  • GES teacher recognized for helping students with disabilities

    Jessica Draper, a special education teacher at Galax Elementary School, has been selected as the Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities (VCLD) Outstanding Teacher of the Year for 2019.

    Draper has “been instrumental in helping our school becoming fully inclusive,” said GES Principal Emily Broyles. “She has truly been a trailblazer in moving our special education department in a promising direction.”

  • GES project has about a year to go

    The architect overseeing the Galax Elementary School renovation and expansion recently provided an update on the project’s progress.

    Architect and liaison Yancey Powers with the firm WM2A has taken a little time near the end of each Galax School Board meeting to update everyone on how the work is going.

    However, it’s easy to get lost in small details, so The Gazette took a moment to ask Powers about the broad outlines of the project and its ultimate goals, and to see where it is presently.

  • Galax School Board approves budget

    The Galax City School Board approved the fiscal year 2020 budget at the April 9 meeting.

    The budget includes a 3 percent raise for all faculty and staff members.

    “You know, really, it’s probably one of the best budgets we’ve had in 10 years,” said Schools Superintendant Bill Sturgill, further describing it as “solid.”

  • Carroll questions school budget

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors continued evaluating departmental budget requests at its April 8 meeting, with hopes of seeking level funding for the upcoming fiscal year.

    From discussions that have occurred during the weekly joint budget workshop sessions between the supervisors, the Carroll County Public Service Authority, the county administrator’s office and the treasurer’s office, several ideas have been proposed to address the nearly $1.5 million shortfall in available funding.

  • Grayson sets graduation date, approves new computer science class

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County, like other localities in the area, has experienced a hard year weather-wise.

    The school staff has worked to set make-up days when possible.

    During March’s regular school board meeting, Board Member Fred Weatherman said he had received several calls from parents wanting to know the graduation date.

  • Book Walk
  • School budget focuses on salaries

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board presented its budget for the next fiscal year to the Grayson County Board of Supervisors on March 6.

    At a short joint budget session on March 6, the two boards met at the county boardroom to go over a summary of the 2019-2020 budget and address any concerns.

    The budget proposal totals $21.9 million.

  • College plans local projects

    Staff Report

    Wytheville Community College (WCC) continues to expand learning opportunities at its location at the Crossroads Institute in Galax and is joining other partners for a proposed project at the former Baywood Elementary School in Grayson County.

    WCC is also continuing partnerships with other community colleges and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) in Danville, according to a recent news release detailing its recent activities.

  • Grayson Bees

    Spelling bee competitions are underway in Grayson County Public Schools.
    Grayson Highlands School held their spelling be last Tuesday, Feb. 19. The bee was held to determine five winners, who will move on to compete in the Grayson County school district.
    A total of 29 students participated in the spelling bee. The winners were Andy Funk, Aidan Blackburn, Maddy Ashlin, Eva Jarvis, and Ireland Grady.