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Education

  • School announces highest SOL gains in state

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools celebrated another milestone in SOL rankings this year, with the recent announcement that the school system achieved the highest rank gains in the state for the 2017-18 school year.
    According to correspondence shared with Matt Hurt, director of the Comprehensive Instructional Program (CIP), Grayson County’s pass rate this past year was 81.89 percent, up from 79.92 percent in 2016-17. Out of other schools in the state, Hurt confirmed that Grayson had achieved the highest rank gains out of the other schools.

  • Elementary school makeover

    GALAX — Fairview Elementary School is looking more spiffy in recent weeks, thanks to monetary donations and labor provided by residents of Deer Creek Motorcoach Resort in Galax.
    For the past several weeks, Deer Creek residents have volunteered their efforts with several projects at the school, including playground equipment upgrades, landscaping, new lighting, and plenty of coats of paint applied both inside and outside the building.

  • School board celebrates SOL gains

    INDEPENDENCE — In addition to achieving full accreditation for the 2017-18 school year, Grayson County Public Schools also achieved the highest SOL pass rate gains within their consortium.
    During the school board’s July 9 meeting, Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore announced that Grayson County Public Schools have achieved highest gains this past year within the Comprehensive Instructional Program (CIP), a consortium of public school divisions in the state that collaborate towards a shared goal of improved student achievements.

  • Grayson, Galax prepare for Baywood transfers

    By SHANNON WATKINS
    Staff

    After Baywood Elementary School closed July 1, students are being split “about 50-50” between Fairview Elementary and Independence Elementary, according to Grayson County Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore.
    But, some parents are opting instead to send their kids to Galax schools this fall.

  • Baywood Elementary closing approved by 3-2 vote

    INDEPENDENCE — The mood at Monday’s special called meeting of the Grayson County School Board was somber and resigned, as the board approved a final recommendation to close Baywood Elementary School.

    Three board members voted in favor of closing and two were opposed.

    The school will officially close its doors on July 1.

  • Grayson schools fully accredited

    INDEPENDENCE — Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore and the Grayson County School Board commended teachers and staff, administrators, parents and students, following the news that all eight schools in the Grayson County district received full accreditation for the 2017-18 school year.
    Though the numbers came close a few times in previous years, Wilmore noted that this is the first time in seven years that all schools have met full accreditation.

  • 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.