• Creative Innovations

    INDEPENDENCE — Sixth and seventh grade students in the Grayson County school system presented more than 140 science and engineering projects last week during the second annual Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC) Middle School Science Fair.

  • CATE Center expands building trades program


    INDEPENDENCE — A few new initiatives have sparked in the Grayson County Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center’s building trades program this year, and with them ride the hopes of seeing an upkick in the program’s interest in upcoming years.

  • Certification completed for CATE program

    INDEPENDENCE — Angie Lawson, Principal of the Grayson County Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center, has announced that the CATE Center’s automotive technology program, which was previously placed under warning by the Virginia Department of Education, has now received full certification.
    Lawson announced the program’s certification to the Grayson County School Board during their monthly meeting last Monday.

  • Creative Space


    When graphic design student Brooke Hammack decided to pursue her dream career in college, her biggest concern was that the shift away from the school’s engineering program would cost her dream of working for NASA someday. But little did she know that her decision would open doors she never even knew existed.

  • Baywood, Fairview schools recognized

    Baywood and Fairview Elementary Schools were both recognized recently, as a result of their continued improvement as reflected by Standards of Learning (SOL) scores.

  • Superintendent receives new contract

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County school superintendent Kelly Wilmore received a new four-year contact at last Monday night’s meeting of the Grayson County School Board.
    Board member Shannon Holdway made the motion to “approve the resolution for Mr. Wilmore’s contract as presented. Randy Shinault seconded the motion, which was approved by a unanimous vote.
    The new contract will run from July 1, 2018 to July 2, 2022. He was appointed superintendent on Dec. 1, 2015.

  • Grayson County Schools to return funds

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County School Superintendent Kelly Wilmore informed school board members at their Oct. 9 meeting that the school system rolled over $466,000 from its 2016-2017 budget.
    He said $242,000 went back in the budget and the other $224,000 was placed in a capital improvement fund by county treasurer Kelly Haga.
    Wilmore said the total budget was more than $20 million.

  • Outdoor skillsets

    Grayson County students visited Matthews Living History Farm last week, where they learned how to properly conduct soil testings for planting crops.
    Daniel Boyer, who joined the Grayson County Extension earlier this year to offer activities like this at Matthews Farm, talked students through the steps of testing soil. Students were also given the opportunity to learn how to drive a tractor, under the supervision of David Hauslohner.
    Students present at the farm included Grayson County CATE Center students from the ag department; and home-schooled students.

  • Virginia faces teacher shortage

    Landmark News Service
    and Staff Reports

    As public schools across Virginia opened their doors for the new school year, many did so without all of the teachers they need.
    That’s because of a growing exodus of experienced teachers and an unwillingness among many young people to go into a lower-paying field when they’re facing student-loan debt from college. Virginia also faces competition for teachers from other states who recruit nationally.

  • SOL scores show improvement in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Six out of the seven Grayson County schools received full accreditation this year; but numbers could change pending the results of an appeal regarding the sevenths school, which earned partial accreditation with just a few students shy of full accreditation.
    Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore confirmed that they would seek to appeal the decision to only partially accredit Fries School, which dipped in testing under science, with only 22 students taking the test.