• Students use grants for fresh ideas

    INDEPENDENCE — Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom awarded two $500 grants for Grayson County school projects in 2018.

    Grayson County High School (GCHS) and the Grayson County Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center were among the recipients of 62 mini-grants awarded by the program for the 2018-19 school year.

    The CATE Center received a $500 grant for “Blue Devil on the Go,” a project designed by Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Jamey Wingate. This project will introduce healthy snacks for the school’s student athletes.

  • School bus crashes on the rise in Va.

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    A crash last week involving school buses in Hillsville has underscored the importance of safety precautions, as has a recent spate of bus-related crashes nationwide.

    The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reports a three percent increase in school bus involved crashes in Virginia in the past five years.

  • Project AIM is there to help WCC students

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    It has been only a year since Gabriel Solis Ramos of Galax enrolled in the business administration program at Wytheville Community College (WCC).

    When he began his college career, he was selected to participate in the Student Support Services Program, better known as Project AIM, which has given him support to succeed as a first-generation college student. The service has been available to WCC students for nearly 50 years.

  • Carroll school buses collide

    HILLSVILLE – Local emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle crash between two Carroll County School buses that occurred in Hillsville on Wednesday evening.

    According to reports from Hillsville Police Department Officer Austin Atkins, the accident took place at approximately 3:40 p.m. near the Virginia Department of Transportation office on Virginia Street. The driver of Carroll County Bus #14, Kendra Holt Leonard, 37, of Cana, failed to stop, running into the back of Carroll County Bus #68, driven by Jason Daniel Easter, 37, of Cana.

  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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.