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Education

  • 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.

  • Parents, educators discuss school safety

    HILLSVILLE – Parents and citizens of Carroll County capitalized on the opportunity to express their concerns and ideas regarding school safety on a local level at the Parent Connect meeting that was held at Carroll County Middle School on April 5.

  • School addresses walkout concerns

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County’s schools superintendent says a student protest could have gone forward without any repercussions for students, if they had worked with the administration as originally planned.

    Last week, Superintendent Dr. Shirley Perry released a statement in response to a recent news report about an organized student walkout at Carroll County High School that took place on March 20.

  • State's inaction delays Galax school budget

    The state budget deadlock means that the Galax City School system has to plan its own budget tentatively and conservatively, Superintendent Bill Sturgill informed the school board at the March 13 meeting.

    Chairman Ray Kohl introduced the topic at the beginning of the meeting. In an attempt to lighten the mood, Kohl said he would turn the floor over to Sturgill, “to give us all the great news about the budget.”

  • Lawson retiring as CATE Center principal

    INDEPENDENCE —Nearly three years after returning to the school system to serve as principal of the Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center at Grayson County High School, Angie Lawson has announced that she’s ready to give her earlier plans for retirement another try.

    Lawson, who was appointed as CATE principal in November 2015, will step down on July 1. In a recent interview, Lawson said she has been honored to work with the school system, but she is ready to retire due to personal reasons.

  • Intersession classes range from karate to rocket science

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County High School’s intercession classes went out with a blast the week of March 5 as students enjoyed activities ranging from field trips to live music and rocket experiments.

    CCHS Intercession Coordinators Jay Holderfield, Debbie Robinson and Britt Mundy took the interests of all students into mind when coming up with a plan designed to help students think outside the box and to engage them in events that would spark intellectual interest and promote creativity.