• Grayson schools receive grant for special needs students

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools recently received a grant from United Way Southwest Virginia (UWSWVA) for $5000, to use in inclusive projects for students with special needs.
    The grant money will be used to purchase recreational equipment that can be enjoyed by students with and without special needs in Fairview Elementary School; where they will also soon have an inclusive play area to enjoy together.

  • New opportunities

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Agriculture and Technical Education (GATE) Center’s grand opening last year paved new roads for local programs specializing in agriculture and natural resources; and Grayson County 4-H has already put the extra space they have to good use by reaching out to a demographic they were unable to before: home-schooled students.

  • Initiative set for Baywood

    BAYWOOD — An old Chinese proverb states that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step;” and for the up-and-coming Baywood Technology Center — a growing initiative that will span multiple counties and involve a growing number of entities — the spark began with a single meeting.

  • Schools discuss budget needs with county

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors and the Grayson County School Board held a joint meeting last Monday night to discuss mutual problems and a variety of other subjects.
    Supervisors attending were: Kenneth Belton, board chairman; John Fant, and Mike Hash. Brenda Sutherland was unable to attend and Tom Revels didn’t attend the meeting but participated by a speaker telephone.

  • School board, GCEA discuss 2019 budget goals

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – Debby Greif, president of the Grayson County Education Association (GCEA), made a budget presentation at the Jan. 14 meeting of the Grayson County School Board.
    In her report, Greif presented milestones and accomplishments for 2018 and things the GCEA would like included in the 2019-2020 school budget.
    Under milestones, she listed:
    • Restored steps to the 20-year plus group of teachers;

  • Building skills for success

    INDEPENDENCE — Seventh graders at Independence Middle School were commended at a ceremony last Friday afternoon, for successfully completing the Botvin Life Skills Program.
    The Botvin LifeSkills program is a pilot program funded by a grant through Virginia Tech. The program offers practical lessons in making positive life decisions.
    Erin Cox, 4-H Agent, said that the grant program was received by the Virginia Cooperative Extension, from Virginia Tech. Cox partnered with Coach Charles Campbell, who provided instruction for the program.

  • Superintendent announces plans for 2019 budget

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the Grayson County School Board at its Jan. 14 meeting he was “working on numbers” to give teachers and service personnel a raise in the 2019-2020 school budget.
    Wilmore said that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam supported increased wages for teachers and has included a five percent increase in his budget.
    “The governor has promised there will be more funds for teachers,” Wilmore said.

  • Schools plan for renovations, new programs



    INDEPENDENCE ­— The Dec. 17 Grayson County School Board meeting was held in the middle school’s library, as their regular meeting space at the county administrative building was taken by the Board of Supervisors’ meeting.
    Superintendent Kelly Wilmore advised the board of various news around the division, including news that the CATE center, and doors and frames in middle school, had been painted. He thanked maintenance person Doug Paisley “for making them look like new.”

  • Ag in the classroom

    INDEPENDENCE — Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom awarded two $500 grants for Grayson County school projects this year. Grayson County High School (GCHS) and the Grayson County Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center were included in the dispersal of 62 mini-grants awarded by the program for the 2018-19 school year. The $30,000 grant total will have an impact in 50 Virginia localities and will provide 25,000 youth with an agriculture or gardening experience.

  • Grayson Beta Club honored

    INDEPENDENCE — National Beta has announced that Grayson County High School (GCHS) is a 2018-2019 National School of Distinction.
    The National Beta School of Distinction Award is designed to award those schools that show at least a 10 percent increase in membership for the current school year. This year’s membership of 76 students accounts for 22 percent of 10th-12th graders who are part of the Grayson County High School’s Beta Club.