• Search begins for new Grayson school chief

    INDEPENDENCE — The search is underway for Grayson County Schools’ new superintendent, and the school board says it is dedicated to finding the perfect candidate to fill the seat.

    Members of the board met on Thursday to discuss strategy with Peter Sengenberger, assistant executive director of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA).

  • More Grayson personnel cut


    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board continued to eliminate positions at its meeting Monday night as part of the reduction in force plan.

    The decision to cut more staff came as a shock to many who were in attendance, and at least one school board member.

  • Grayson appoints new school leaders

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board has hired an interim superintendent to serve the system until a new superintendent can be hired.

    Also at its monthly meeting on Monday, the board accepted the resignation of assistant superintendent Judy Greear, and then eliminated the position. Greear is the second central office resignation in recent weeks, after former superintendent Kevin Chalfant stepped down May 31.

    Last week, the board promoted elementary education supervisor Susie Funk to administrative supervisor for the school system.

  • Nottingham named 'Super Teacher'

    AUSTINVILLE – There are some amazing teachers out there, and many of them are right here in Virginia.

    Laurel Elementary fourth grade teacher Lucy Nottingham was selected this year to receive the 2015 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher award. The honor was given on May 29, in a surprise presentation at Laurel Elementary School in front of students, faculty and special guests.

  • State steps in as school system runs out of money


    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County school system’s financial crisis is over for the time being, but questions remain about how the problems began.

    After discovering a shortfall of $593,000 in the current year’s budget that meant the board might not be able pay teachers and bills, Chairman Larry Bartlett said during a special called meeting Friday night that funds had come in from the Virginia Department of Education and other sources in the amount of $2.06 million.

  • Board approves cut positions, supplement from county


    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved a personnel report at its meeting June 2 that included the first layoffs as part of the support staff reduction plan approved last month.

    The layoffs included:

    • Bus drivers: John Wayne Davis, Lorrie Lamie.

    • Cafeteria workers: Linda Haynes, Sherri Coffey.

    • Aides: Tina Greer, Kandace Vaughan, Sandra Norman.

    • Custodian: Janet Moretz Isom.

  • Chairman says school funds mismanaged


    INDEPENDENCE – Larry Bartlett, newly appointed chairman of the Grayson County School Board, delivered some disturbing news during a called meeting Tuesday night.

    Bartlett said that, after working with auditors and Norma Quesinberry, the school system’s director of finance, it was determined that the county’s 2014-2015 education budget would have a shortfall of approximately $593,000.

  • School board names Bartlett new chairman


    INDEPENDENCE – Larry Bartlett moved up the ranks quickly on the Grayson County School Board.

    He was appointed May 22, sworn in Memorial Day and on Tuesday night, he was elected chairman.

    Gary Burris made the motion to elect Bartlett as chairman and Fred Weatherman seconded the motion and asked that Bartlett be elected by acclamation.

    There were no other nominations and the vote was unanimous, with Bartlett abstaining.

    Shannon Holdaway is vice chairman of the five-member board.

  • Grayson School Board calls emergency meeting


    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board held an emergency called meeting May 30 at the central office in Independence.

    The meeting was called for the board to discuss accounting information with Norma Quesinberry, the school system’s director of finance. No action was taken after the meeting.

    A school auditor was scheduled to be at the central office on Monday to meet with Quesinberry.

  • Students honor their inspirations at banquet

    HILLSVILLE — Whether it was through years of careful mentoring, or just one perfect piece of advice given at the right moment, students will always remember the effort given by their teachers to ensure their success long after they don their caps and gowns and march across the stage for graduation.