• Coach gives Wall of Fame update

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School officials are reaching out to surrounding school systems for ideas to revive and update their high school’s Sports Wall of Fame to include current and past athletes who deserve the spotlight.

  • Safety on the road

    INDEPENDENCE — Sixteen years and three months: this is the minimum age requirement set by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for a driver’s license, which makes 16 an age of important milestones for both teenagers and their parents. This is a time when students begin taking on important responsibilities for the safety of themselves and others, while parents simultaneously begin to step back and trust their kids to handle these responsibilities.

  • GCHS Career Day 2016

    INDEPENDENCE — The 36th annual career day at Grayson County High School was held April 21 in the high school gymnasium.

  • Farmer named Grayson County Teacher of the Year

    INDEPENDENCE — Title I Resource Teacher Anna Farmer was named Grayson County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year at an awards ceremony at the Grayson National Bank conference center May 4.
    The ceremony recognized teachers of the year for each school in the system, followed by the Teacher of the Year award. Awards were presented by Director of Student Learning Susan Funk and Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore.

  • County, school system reach budget compromise

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County administration and school system administration put in long hours over the weekend to reach an agreeable middle ground regarding the Grayson County School Board’s FY-17 school budget, as well as additional funds to complete the bleacher project at the high school.
    The budget was presented during the Board of Supervisors meeting on May 16, where it was approved with several conditions regarding the additional allocation of funds for the bleachers.

  • Grayson School Board approves new bathroom policy


    INDEPENDENCE ― A new policy regulating which facilities transgender Grayson County students can use was brought to the school board by a state senator who says he worries about the safety of his daughter.
    State Sen. Bill Carrico (R-40th District) of Grayson County brought his concerns to the Grayson County School Board last week, and the board held a special meeting with Carrico and a representative from a conservative activist group on Friday evening.

  • GCPS students demonstrate good character in 2016

    INDEPENDENCE — Eighteen students were recognized for their display of good citizenship throughout the past year during the Grayson County Public Schools’ 2016 Citizenship of the Year Awards ceremony April 26.  
    “This is an event that we enjoy on a yearly basis, to recognize some of our students’ exemplary gains in character education — something we put a lot of effort into each year,” said Susan Funk, Supervisor of Education and State/Federal programs during the ceremony’s opening.

  • Students get reality check

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County middle school students got a dose of what it’s like to balance a monthly budget during the May 27 Reality Store event, hosted by Grayson County 4-H in partnership with United Way.

  • New schools in Grayson’s 10-year plan

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County school system’s 10-year plan includes a new elementary school and new high school, along with smaller short-term goals, like improving teacher salaries.
    At the Grayson County School Board’s June 13 meeting, Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore updated the board on the plan.
    Wilmore highlighted several goals, including heating and cooling system improvements; a new turf athletic field; a new reading program; an improvement of teacher salaries; and, eventually, a new elementary school and high school.

  • Parent addresses school board on transgender issue

    INDEPENDENCE — A local parent addressed the Grayson County School Board during the June 13 meeting, regarding the board’s recent implementation of a school system policy that forces transgender students to use restrooms based on their birth gender, not the gender they identify with.