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Education

  • School budget has money for 7 of 8 schools

    By LARRY CHAMBERS and SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — After discussing the final details at a recent budget workshop, the Grayson County School Board approved their amended budget in the amount of $21,263,321.29 at their regular meeting on June 11.  
    At the budget workshop meeting June 5, Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said, “this has been a most difficult budget to prepare because of the lack of funds.”

  • Parents question leaders on school closing

    BAYWOOD — Since it was announced last month that Baywood Elementary School might close due to lack of funding for the FY 2018-19 school budget, school leaders have been inundated with questions from concerned citizens.
    To address as many concerns as possible, the school board held a community meeting in the auditorium on June 6; and the result was a full house.

  • Baywood school may close due to lack of funds

    INDEPENDENCE — In a statement on social media to parents on Wednesday evening, Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore announced that their budget’s shortfall for the 2018-19 school year, in addition to other factors, has led the schools to consider one of three options, the most probable of the three being to close Baywood Elementary School before the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.
    The other proposed options were to close Fairview Elementary School, or to cut seven positions and seven programs at the Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center.

  • GCHS principal announces retirement

    INDEPENDENCE — After two years serving as principal of Grayson County High School (GCHS), Robbie Patton has announced that he will retire at the end of the school year.
    In a letter to the school, Patton cited that his reasons for retiring from the position are in the interest of his family; and that he plans to explore a new calling in the near future.
    “Being a secondary school principal has been the most challenging and rewarding job I have ever had the privilege of holding,” Patton said in his letter.

  • School drills held to improve school security

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County public school system has partnered with local law enforcement in recent years to further develop and strengthen security measures for students’ well being; and in the interest of being prepared for worst case scenarios, a plan of action for any and all threats are consistently discussed. Such was the case for a recent lockdown drill that was held by the county’s tactical team at Grayson County High School. 

  • Coach Campbell named Teacher of the Year

    Independence Middle School Coach Charles Campbell was named this year’s Teacher of the Year for the Grayson County Public Schools district, during a ceremony held last Monday at the Grayson County High School auditorium.
    Before the Grayson County School Board’s regular monthly meeting, Campbell and seven other instructors were honored for their contributions to the school system during the 2017-18 school year.

  • Coach Campbell named Teacher of the Year

    Independence Middle School Coach Charles Campbell was named this year’s Teacher of the Year for the Grayson County Public Schools district, during a ceremony held last Monday at the Grayson County High School auditorium.
    Before the Grayson County School Board’s regular monthly meeting, Campbell and seven other instructors were honored for their contributions to the school system during the 2017-18 school year.

  • School, county boards continue school budget discussions

    INDEPENDENCE — Trust issues and spending questions became topics of a joint budget work session April 26 between the Grayson County Board of Supervisors and the Grayson County School Board.
    While supervisors asked for a more detailed breakdown of spending, school officials argued that they’ve proven the school system has been responsible with public money.

  • Share the Fun

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County 4-H hosted a “Share the Fun” event Sunday afternoon in the Grayson County High School auditorium, showcasing the talents of local 4th-12th grade students.
    The afternoon’s slate of performers included skits, musicians, and even a piano-playing “gorilla.” The event was hosted by 4-H Extension Agent Erin Cox, and professional storyteller and teaching artist Vicky Town.
    This event is one of many programs that will be offered to students and 4-H members in the coming months.

  • School board discusses plans for track team

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore told the Grayson County School Board at its April 9 meeting that track was the fastest growing sport in the school system but the program has a big problem – no track.
    Wilmore said there are more than 40 players on this year’s track team but to practice they have to run the streets and highways around Independence, which he feels “is dangerous.”