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Education

  • GHS principal glad to be back home

    Anyone visiting Galax High School may notice that there’s a new principal in charge.

    Marc Quesenberry, who graduated in the GHS Class of ’79, returned this semester to take over the helm.

    (He replaces Justin Iroler, who is now principal of Galax Middle School.)

    “I’m very excited to be here,” Quesenberry says, in his office for a brief stop. “Getting back in the maroon and white has been thrilling and rejuvenating for me.”

  • Big plans for old school

    TROUTDALE — The Appalachian Regional Commission has approved $500,000 in grant funds for the Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC), a non-profit dedicated to exploring, discovering and sharing the natural history of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    A news release from U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) explained that the grant will go towards renovating the former Luther Konnarock Training School in Grayson County into a location for educational programs centered on the biodiversity of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

  • Carroll answers school food concerns

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County school officials this week responded to recent concerns regarding food safety, after a student and parent posted on social media about alleged maggots in food and spoiled milk.

    “Our health inspector performs the same checklist on the cafeteria as they would in a restaurant,” Carroll Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Burnette told The Gazette on Tuesday.

    He said health inspections are performed regularly and have ruled out any food health or safety concerns.

  • All local schools accredited

    Staff Report

    All 18 schools across three divisions in Galax, Carroll and Grayson are fully accredited under new state standards, but the new system also requires some schools to implement action plans or undergo academic review based on test scores.

    The Virginia Department of Education on Thursday reported the first school ratings under new state accreditation standards designed to promote continuous achievement in all schools, close achievement gaps and expand accountability beyond overall performance on Standards of Learning tests.

  • Bus drivers get benefits

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County School Board has returned benefits to part-time bus drivers, after discovering it had more flexibility in its budget.

    Part-time employees have been requesting a return of benefits for several months.

    The school board voted to reinstate the benefits at its meeting on Sept. 11.

    Several requests were made earlier this year, from part-time bus drivers employed by Carroll County Public Schools.

  • Grayson posts highest gains in state for SOL tests

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools celebrated another milestone in Standards of Learning (SOL) rankings this year, with the recent announcement that the school system achieved the highest rank gains in the state for the 2017-18 school year.

    According to Matt Hurt, director of the Comprehensive Instructional Program (CIP) — a consortium of public school divisions in the state that collaborate towards a shared goal of improved student achievements — the county’s pass rate this past year was 81.89 percent, up from 79.92 percent in 2016-17.

  • Local schools join nationwide reading effort

    Staff Report

    A new educational initiative aims to increase the chances for success for local students by making sure they are reading at the appropriate level by third grade.

    Southwest Virginia schools are joining the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR Campaign), a collaborative effort to improve reading proficiency, early learning and early school success for children from low-income families.

  • Mural honors Gladeville librarian, teacher

    GLADEVILLE – The Carroll County community has joined together to honor the memory of a local woman who served in the field of education for many years at both Gladeville Elementary School and Woodlawn High School.

    On Aug. 3, Gladeville Elementary multimedia specialist Amy Collett proudly unveiled a mural created by local artist and retired art teacher, Jeanette Roth. The creation of the mural was made possible through a generous donation by the Gladeville Ruritan Club in honor of Joe and Mary Alice Holderfield.

  • GES project brings parking, traffic changes

    The renovation and expansion of Galax Elementary School will bring changes to parking and traffic around the site when the fall semester begins Aug. 15.

    For one thing, the school announced Monday that the direction of traffic on one-way Academy Drive will be reversed.

    “Parents and guardians will need to enter Academy Drive from Main Street and proceed to the designated area for parent drop-off and pick-up,” the school said in an announcement on social media.

  • Galax School board members retain their spots

    Galax School Board members were reassigned their existing roles at the July 10 school board meeting.
    With little fanfare and no conflict, Ray Kohl was reinstalled as Chairman, Jim Adams as Vice-Chair, Kathy Halsey as clerk, Kristina Legg and Kara Graham as deputy clerks, Melissa Peddy as delegate and Leah Henck as alternate to the annual VSBA conference and Kohl as representative and Spangler as alternate to the Virginia Governor’s School.