• School board questions laptop plan

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School Board members on May 12 questioned student and teacher accountability in the digital conversion plan, which aims to supply a laptop computer to every student in grades 4-12 over the course of the next few years.
    Superintendent Kevin Chalfant said during his report that the division expects to put out bids for laptops soon and select a brand for the digital conversion.

  • New buses approved over objections

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors plans to provide $75,000 above the required local effort to the Grayson County School Board in its fiscal year 2015 budget, falling far short of the school board’s requested $250,000.

  • Unpaid meal fees eat away at budget

    HILLSVILLE — A continuous abuse of Carroll County Public Schools’ student meal charges has forced officials to consider changing their sky’s-the-limit policy on school lunches.
    Finance Manager and School Board Clerk Tammy Quesenberry aired her concerns to the Carroll County School Board at the May 13 meeting, by explaining that the total outstanding balance for student meal charges grows more and more outrageous each year.

  • Whisenhunt is Grayson teacher of the year

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools selected its 2014 Teacher of the Year from a pool of candidates from each of its schools.
    Crystal Whisenhunt, a teacher at Independence Elementary School for 14 years, was the recipient of the honor and a generous collection of donated gifts.

  • 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.