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Education

  • Local bands shine in Bristol

    Local bands recently competed in and received superior ratings from the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association’s 2018 Concert Assessment in Bristol on Friday, March 23.
    The Grayson County High School Concert Band received a rating of “Superior” from every judge, which is the highest possible mark. This continued a two-year streak for the band earning straight “Superior” ratings at the assessment, according to a statement submitted to the paper  from the band’s Facebook page.

  • Del. O’Quinn visits Grayson County Public Schools

    Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-Fifth District) recently visited Grayson County schools to examine existing safety protocols and get some feedback from educators and administrators about the security needs of their schools.
    Del. O’Quinn was recently appointed by Speaker Kirk Cox to serve on a bipartisan House Select Committee on School Safety. The committee was announced in early March, and O’Quinn is the only member of the committee from Southwest Virginia.

  • Grayson schools approve 2018-19 budget

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved its 2018-2019 school operating budget at its March 15 meeting in the amount of $22,080,240.74.
    Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore said the budget included a two percent raise for all school employees and renovations to buildings. They included: $75,000 for a new roof at the Grayson County High School auditorium; $11,000 for a new metal roof on the field house and $80,000 for the CATE Center refresh.

  • Lawson announces retirement as CATE Center principal

    INDEPENDENCE — Nearly three years after returning to the Grayson County Public School system to serve as principal of the Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center at Grayson County High School, Angie Lawson has announced that she’s ready to give her earlier plans for retirement another try.
    Lawson, who was appointed as CATE principal in November, 2015, will step down on July 1. In a recent interview, Lawson shared that she has been honored to work with the school system, but she is ready to retire due to personal reasons.

  • Alexander nominated for LifeChanger award

    FRIES — Fries School Principal John Alexander has been nominated for the 2017-2018 national LifeChanger of the Year award.
    Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States, “who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.”
    Alexander was nominated by an anonymous colleague, according to a news release.

  • School presents early draft of tricky budget

    INDEPENDENCE — Lack of funding from multiple resources will result in a tight budget this year for the Grayson County School Board, but they are already planning ahead for more improvements in the upcoming fiscal year.

  • Grayson students tour the Capitol

    Grayson County 4-H recently visited the Capitol in Richmond for 4-H Day on Jan. 30. Participants toured the Virginia Historical Society and saw many artifacts that represented Virginia’s rich history.
    Participants were also given the opportunity to eat dinner with House of Delegates Representative Israel O’Quinn. O’Quinn took the time to speak with our students and to answer many of their questions. They talked about a range of things from energy costs to agriculture technology advances for Southwest Virginia.

  • Miss Virginia visits Fries School

    FRIES ­— Miss Virginia 2017, Cecili Weber, made a visit to Fries School on Feb. 7. She spoke to the students about being a leader and making good choices: such as being kind to your classmates, being a good sport, and standing up to bullies.
    The students then had a question and answer session with her and posed for pictures. A lucky few were able to wear her sash.  

  • GCEA asks for more pay for teachers

    INDEPENDENCE — With budget season coming up, advocates for Grayson County teachers are asking the board to do what they can to level teacher’s pay with competing nearby localities.
    During the school board’s Jan. 15 meeting, representatives from the Grayson County Education Association (GCEA) took the opportunity to share their number one goal for this year’s budget with the administration.

  • Teachers want local pay to be competitive

    INDEPENDENCE — With budget season coming up, advocates for Grayson County teachers are asking the board to do what they can to level teacher’s pay with competing nearby localities.
    During the school board’s Jan. 15 meeting, representatives from the Grayson County Education Association (GCEA) took the opportunity to share their number one goal for this year’s budget with the administration.