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Education

  • 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.

  • School board considers 6th grade wrestling

    INDEPENDENCE — At the November meeting of the Grayson County School Board, Superintendent Kelly Wilmore discussed some ideas to promote and support extracurricular activities.

    Wilmore began by outlining a plan to place a four-lane track around the former Baywood Elementary School building, for students and community members to enjoy. He explained to the board that the track would utilize acreage in front of and around the side of the building.

    Wilmore told the board that the school system is looking into grant funding opportunities to pay for the project.

  • Grayson schools looking ahead

    INDEPENDENCE ― In his report at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Grayson County School Board, Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said he has discussed a study of potential upgrades for the district’s five schools.

    He brought up the possibility of using electric heat in the future instead of propane, as an example.

    The school board might try to have an official meeting with the county board in December.

  • School secretary nominated for LifeChanger award

    Staff Report

    FRIES — Fries School secretary and bookkeeper Janie Griffith has been nominated for the 2018-2019 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

    Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States. Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2018-2019 school year.

  • Grayson schools receive school security grants

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson County High School and Grayson Highlands School were included in more than 100 school divisions that received $6 million in school security equipment grants this year.

    Gov. Ralph Northam awarded the grant funding in October as an effort to protect students and teachers. The grants will be used to purchase various security equipment upgrades for schools across the Commonwealth.

  • School board celebrates student achievements

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board celebrated a successful school year as they reflected on the Student Achievement Results and Student/Teacher Ratio reports.

    At the board’s Sept. 10 meeting, Susie Funk, director of student learning for the school system, provided a summary of the report for the 2017-18 school year. She began by reminding the board that all schools in the system were fully accredited this year, for the first time in seven years. The schools also achieved the highest gains in the state, according to a CIP report from Region VII.

  • WCC, Foundation announce health scholarships

    Staff Report

    The Twin County Community Foundation recently announced the establishment of the Twin County Community Foundation Scholarship Program through the Wytheville Community College Educational Foundation.

  • Grandfather, grandson graduate from WCC 50 years apart

    As Wytheville Community College (WCC) celebrates its 55th anniversary, the college is recognizing successful alumni, including a grandfather and grandson from Elk Creek who graduated 50 years apart.