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Education

  • Galax school board honored

    The February Galax School Board meeting involved recognition for the school board members and a humorous appearance by school administrators.
    February was the Virginia School Board Association’s School Board Appreciation Month; the board, along with board clerk Kathy Halsey, received recognition from the VSBA. They, along with Supt. Bill Sturgill and Asst. Supt. Kristie Legg, received handmade wooden plaques from the CTE students, who made them in class.

  • Learning life lessons

    INDEPENDENCE — Seventh graders at Independence Middle School were commended at a ceremony, for successfully completing the Botvin Life Skills Program.
    The Botvin LifeSkills program is a pilot program funded by a grant through Virginia Tech. The program offers practical lessons in making positive life decisions.
    Erin Cox, 4-H Agent, said that the grant program was received by the Virginia Cooperative Extension, from Virginia Tech. Cox partnered with Coach Charles Campbell, who provided instruction for the program.

  • School board talks budget, weather closures

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School’s Superintendent Kelly Wilmore discussed the upcoming budget and winter weather school closure policy during the board’s Feb. 11 meeting.

    Beginning with the budget, Wilmore said the staff has been working on the numbers extensively since the beginning of the year, and the primary goal is to continue catching up to teachers’ step raises this year.

  • Old school meets tomorrow's tech

    BAYWOOD — An old Chinese proverb states that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” and for the up-and-coming Baywood Technology Center — a growing initiative that will span multiple counties and involve a growing number of partners — the spark began with a single meeting.

  • Principal returns after transplant surgery

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County High School welcomed back Principal Charles “Chuck” Thompson this week, after his long-fought medical battle over the past year.

    Thompson, who was admitted in February 2018 to the lung transplant program at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N. C., successfully underwent a double lung transplant as method of treating a medical condition with which Thompson has contended for years, called pulmonary hypertension.

    Nearly a year later, Thompson returned to his office at CCHS on Tuesday.

  • Grayson teachers request raises

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Debby Greif, president of the Grayson County Education Association (GCEA), asked for salary increases for teachers during a budget presentation at the Jan. 14 meeting of the Grayson County School Board.

    In her report, Greif discussed things the GCEA would like included in the 2019-2020 school budget.

    The main points the GCEA would like to see included in the budget are:

    • All teachers’ salaries adjusted to match their experience level;

  • City tackling GES traffic backups

    The Galax Traffic Safety Committee has offered solutions that may help ease traffic issues on South Main Street near Galax Elementary School during student pickup hours, according to Police Chief DeWitt Cooper.

    Cooper, who is on the committee, presented these solutions to Galax City Council at its Jan. 14 meeting.

  • Budget will include raises for teachers

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    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.