• 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.

  • School board addresses budget concerns

    HILLSVILLE - Concerns have been presented before the Carroll County School Board regarding employee benefits and solutions for shortages in several departments within the Carroll County Public School System.
    During the recent school board meeting held Tuesday, July 24, Joe Neil Webb of the Laurel Fork District in Carroll County appeared before the board as a representative of bus drivers who are employed by Carroll County Public Schools.

  • Work underway at Grayson schools


    INDEPENDENCE – Work is underway on one new roof project at Grayson County High School and two more projects are expected to start soon.

    Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said “the new roofs are sorely needed.”

    Wilmore said bids were taken several months ago to replace the roof on the field house, the concession stand and the auditorium at the high school.

    A new metal roof is nearing completion on the field house and work is expected to start on the other two roofs soon.

  • Burnette named new CCMS principal

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools have named a new middle school principal, while the high school principal continues recovering from a double lung transplant.

    Dana H. Burnette has been named principal of Carroll County Middle School.

    Brunette has served previously as the assistant principal at CCMS and has been an educator for the Carroll County Public School system for more than 25 years.

  • Grayson schools fully accredited

    INDEPENDENCE — All eight schools in Grayson County have received full accreditation for the 2017-18 school year.

    They came close a few times, said Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore, but this is a milestone that the division hasn’t been met for seven years.

    Wilmore and the Grayson County School Board commended teachers and staff, administrators, parents and students, following the news.

  • Galax preparing for Baywood students

    After Baywood Elementary School closed July 1, students are being split “about 50-50” between Fairview Elementary and Independence Elementary, according to Grayson County Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore.

    But, some parents are opting instead to send their kids to Galax schools this fall.

    The 3-2 vote to close the school was made at a Grayson County School Board meeting last month, after much prior consideration and public input. The closure was made due to student attrition and a $1 million school system budget shortfall, Wilmore said.

  • Galax Elementary expansion begins

    The Galax Elementary School expansion and renovation project’s groundbreaking ceremony took place on June 28 at 6 p.m., as members of the school board and city council and a regional agent from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (the funding agency) picked up painted shovels with the Maroon Tide logo and started to dig.

    The moment was preceded by a color guard of military science students, a performance by members of the Galax High School band, and a word from both Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill and Mayor C.M. Mitchell.