• 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.

  • Grayson schools receive $17,000 in school security grants

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County High School and Grayson Highlands School were included in more than 100 school divisions that received $6 million in school security equipment grants this year.
    Gov. Ralph Northam awarded the grant funding as an effort to protect students and teachers in 102 school divisions and the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in October. The grant funds will be used to purchase various security equipment upgrades for schools across the Commonwealth.

  • A lesson in reality

    Grayson County 4-H, in partnership with United Way of Southwest Virginia, held their annual Reality Store event at Independence Middle School on Oct. 25.
    Grayson 4-H agent, Erin Cox, noted that a few changes were in effect this year. Namely, the wheel of chance pertaining to students’ career paths had been done away with; and students were now free to choose their own career.

  • Grayson student achievements continue to climb

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board celebrated a successful school year as they reflected on the Student Achievement Results and Student/Teacher Ratio reports.
    At the board’s Sept. 10 meeting, Susie Funk, director of student learning for the school system, provided a summary of the report for the 2017-18 school year. She began by reminding the board that all schools in the system were fully accredited this year, for the first time in seven years. The schools also achieved the highest gains in the state, according to a CIP report from Region VII.

  • Twin County schools accredited under new state standards

    Staff Report

    All 18 schools across three divisions in Galax, Carroll and Grayson are fully accredited under new state standards, but the new system also requires some schools to implement action plans or undergo academic review based on test scores.

    The Virginia Department of Education on Thursday reported the first school ratings under new state accreditation standards designed to promote continuous achievement in all schools, close achievement gaps and expand accountability beyond overall performance on Standards of Learning tests.