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Education

  • Independence Middle School to close?

    INDEPENDENCE -- Employees of Grayson County Public Schools who won’t be retained for next year will likely find out within the next month.

    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant – along with Finance Director Norma Quesinberry and Director of Personnel Judy Greear – provided the school board with an updated budget during the second work session on March 2.

    Chalfant pointed out that legislatures have wrapped up their budget sessions and an approved budget has been sent to the governor.

  • Grayson school officials eye axing 20 positions

    INDEPENDENCE -- No jobs are safe in the Grayson County School Division for next year as administrators look to cut up to 20 positions to balance next year’s budget.

    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant – along with Finance Director Norma Quesinberry and Director of Personnel Judy Greear – provided the school board a draft budget last week that included a reduction of 94 additional students and more than $3.4 million less revenue than the current budget.

  • Kindess is key at Independence Elementary School
  • Rugby mom again asks school officials to re-do attendance policy

    INDEPENDENCE – Yogi Berra wasn’t at the Feb. 9 Grayson County School Board meeting. But if he had been, the famed baseball figure, well-known for his witticisms, might have used one of his more recognized ones to describe it – “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” Once again the issue of the school system’s attendance policy arose, as it has in most of the board’s more recent meetings.

  • Bailey re-elected Grayson County School Board chairman

    INDEPENDENCE -- The Grayson County School Board chose Hobert Bailey as Chairman for the 2015 calendar year, following an organizational start to this month’s regular meeting.

    Board member Shannon Holdaway made the motion and it was seconded by Fred Weatherman, and passed unanimously.

    Bailey was the only candidate nominated for the chairman position.

    Holdaway, who previously served as the vice chairman, was again elected to that position for the new year as well.

  • Jobs for Virginia's Graduates gives national award to Grayson County High School

    INDEPENDENCE -- Grayson County High School has been recognized by Jobs for Virginia’s Graduates for high performance in achieving all five of JVG’s standard for the follow-up class of 2012-13.

    Barry Glenn, president and CEO of JVG, attended the Grayson School Board meeting this month and presented the “5 of 5” award to the division.

    The award tracks five key areas:

    >> Graduation Rate – includes non-graduates who return to school and graduate during 12-month follow-up.

  • Grayson County schools deficit now at $500,000

    INDEPENDENCE -- Dropping enrollment numbers in Grayson County have left the school system with a more than $500,000 deficit for the current budget, although the number once was roughly $1.1 million.

    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant updated the school board on the gap during the regular school board meeting this month and pointed out that while the number was once $1.1 million, the actual amount the division needs to cut is closer to $700,000.

  • Letters to Santa in alphabetical order by school

    BAYWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LETTERS TO SANTA

    Dear Santa,

    How are you doing? Is Mrs. Claus fixing you some chocolate cookies? Do mind bringing me a cool Ford f-150 rapter, a remote controld dirt bike, please?

    Kasen Galyean

     

    Dear Santa,

    I want an Ipod and a phone case for my phone and some shoes and clothes.

    Casey Redifer

     

    Dear Santa,

  • Grayson County High School Band places first in big regional competition

    BASSETT -- The Grayson County High School Mighty Blue Devil Marching Band brought its 2014 competitive season to a close Oct. 25 at the 24thannual “Drums Along the Blue Ridge” Invitational at Bassett High School in Bassett.

  • Grayson teacher rep to school board: Don't cut our pay

    INDEPENDENCE -- As Grayson County administrators look to make up a $500,000 budget deficit, the division’s Education Association president suggest they avoid reducing teachers’ pay.

    Rebecca Absher, president of the GCEA addressed the school board during its regular meeting this week after rumors began circulating that administrators were considering cuts that would affect the teachers’ pay.