• Galax approves school budget

    “As all of you know, this is a very unique budget year,” said Galax School Superintendent Bill Sturgill, addressing the school board members in a budget session, prior to the main meeting, on Tuesday night.

  • Scholarship named for GES kindergarten student


  • Offspring of illegal immigrants can pay in-state tuition

    Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has moved to let the offspring of those living in the U.S. illegally to pay in-state tuition at Virginia public colleges.
    In the process, he bucked a General Assembly that rejected such policy. It is Herring’s second high-profile deviation from state practice since January.
    With an immigration debate ongoing in Congress, Herring informed state colleges and universities of his determination, then publicly unveiled it Tuesday in two events in Northern Virginia and the state Capitol.

  • Christian school could open in Fries


    FRIES — Members of Fries Town Council gathered on April 17 to hear a special presentation from Mountaintop Community Schools, a group that is interested in developing a non-denominational Christian private school in the town with a one-room schoolhouse structure.
    In addition to seeking the town’s support, the group has requested that the school be allowed to use either the old Fries firehouse or the bingo hall as the schoolhouse.

  • Spangler appointed to Galax School Board

    The Galax City School Board will welcome newcomer Larry Spangler to their table this summer.
    Spangler, who has an impressive history of teaching in the classroom and coaching sports, is looking forward to bringing those perspectives to the board in the hopes of serving the schools that have nurtured his career for several decades.

  • Grayson approves teacher raises

    INDEPENDENCE – All employees of Grayson County Public Schools will receive a pay increase for the 2014-15 school year after school board members voted unanimously to approve new pay scales during their regular meeting this month.
    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant approached the board during the April 14 meeting with the request to consider the increases.

  • Council wants more info on new school plan

    The Galax Planning Commission will have a second opportunity to vote on a recommendation for the approval of a conditional use permit for Galax City Schools to build a new elementary school in the city.
    A request for a possible expansion of the school system brought a substantial divide within the community last month. A lengthy discussion about the construction of a school on a property located off of Kipling Lane and portions of Kenbrook Drive resulted in a split vote from the planning commission.

  • Coach resigns in wake of charges

    WYTHEVILLE — Howard S. Ingo, a former coach, teacher and administrator with Carroll County schools, has resigned from his coaching post at George Wythe High School after he was charged with  hazing and corporal punishment of a football player.
    Ingo, 47, was suspended with pay after he was charged in March.
    Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, the special proscutor in the case, said the two misdemeanor charges were filed after an investigation of complaints.

  • School calendar changes, but not 'year-round'

    Students in Galax won’t be going to class year-round, but educators have spent nearly all this school year developing a new schedule.
    After months of discussions, research and drafted proposals, the Galax City School Board has approved a final calendar proposal for the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Buses a critical need in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Having received a level funding request from the school system for fiscal year 2014-2015, Carroll County supervisors suggested that educators try to find efficiencies in their other major need — a capital improvement request for new buses.