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Education

  • Grayson schools approve budget

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE -- Despite clearing some hurdles during the process, the Grayson County School Board approved the 2019-2020 school budget by a unanimous vote during the regular monthly meeting last Monday.
    Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore presented the total budget in the amount of $21,948,259.16.
    “A lot of hard work went into the budget,” Wilmore said. “I’m pleased that the budget will get everyone back to their years of experience to the school system.”

  • STEM night at Grayson Highlands School

    Grayson Highlands School hosted a “March into STEM” activity event throughout the school building last Friday. The event featured a number of interactive games and activities for students and their families to enjoy. Participating families were also treated to a meal, and participating students were given a book for completing the required number of stations during their visit. Door prizes were also awarded.

  • Date set for Grayson County High School graduation

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County, like other counties in the area, has experienced a hard year weather-wise.
    The school staff has worked diligently to set make-up days when possible.
    During last Monday night’s regular school board meeting, board member Fred Weatherman said he had received several calls from parents wanting to know the graduation date.

  • School board presents 2019 budget

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board presented their budget for the coming fiscal year to the Grayson County Board of Supervisors on March 6.
    At a short joint budget session on March 6, the two boards met at the county boardroom to go over a summary of the budget and address any concerns that were present from the county.
    This year’s budget, Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the county board, will focus on primarily to restoring salary step pay to teachers. He noted that they are requesting the same amount from the county as last year.

  • High Tech

    Students from multiple school divisions attended Technology Day at Crossroads Institute in Galax on Tuesday, March 5. The day-long event featured lectures and hands-on experience with different forms of technology.
    Technology rotations included auto-drive, cyber security, 3D printing, power line systems, VR gaming, truck driving simulations, drone flying, and a round-table discussion featuring keynote speakers Travis Belton of Moog Industries and Al Wix of Virginia Tech.

  • WCC works to expand workforce opportunities

    Wytheville Community College (WCC) continues to expand opportunities at its location at the Crossroads Institute in Galax. Current enhancements are related to projects stemming from partnerships that WCC has with other community colleges and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) in Danville, as well as through the proposed project for the former Baywood Elementary School in Grayson County.

  • Fossil Study

    Lisa Benish of the Blue Ridge Discovery Center did a fossil lesson with Mrs. Hall’s first grade class at Grayson Highlands School. After reading the book “Fossils Tell of Long Ago,” the class got a hands-on looks at a unique fossil collection. Afterwards, students got to make a take-home fossil of a shark’s tooth

  • School board reviews budget plans, policies

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School’s Superintendent Kelly Wilmore discussed the upcoming budget and winter weather school closure policy during the board’s Feb. 11 meeting.
    Beginning with the budget, Wilmore stated that they’d been working on the numbers extensively since the beginning of the year; and that their number one goal was to continue catching up to teachers’ step raises this year.

  • 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
    Staff

    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.