• SOL test scores climbing in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Public Schools’ superintendent had some positive news for the school board at the start of the year.
    During the board’s Jan. 15 meeting, Wilmore began his monthly address to the board by presenting them with a list of SOL test scores for the first semester of 2018, in direct comparison with the first semester of 2016-17.
    Wilmore announced that student test scores were climbing in percentages across the board when compared to the previous year’s first semester.

  • Fairview, Baywood schools honored

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors invited representatives of Baywood and Fairview Elementary Schools to their December meeting, to honor the schools for their recent accomplishments.
    Principal Mike Reavis of Baywood and Fairview schools, and Director of Student Learning Susie Funk were present at the meeting to receive two honors on behalf of the schools. They were also joined by Del. Israel O’Quinn.
    At the meeting, the board approved two proclamations in honor of the two schools.

  • Governor addresses teacher shortage

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    As Virginia schools struggle with a dearth of teachers, Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants colleges and universities to be able to fast-track the training of aspiring educators.
    McAuliffe signed an executive order Dec. 11 directing the state Board of Education to adopt emergency rules that would allow colleges and universities to offer a four-year undergraduate degree in teaching, rather than a five-year master’s program.

  • Creative Innovations

    INDEPENDENCE — Sixth and seventh grade students in the Grayson County school system presented more than 140 science and engineering projects last week during the second annual Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC) Middle School Science Fair.

  • CATE Center expands building trades program


    INDEPENDENCE — A few new initiatives have sparked in the Grayson County Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center’s building trades program this year, and with them ride the hopes of seeing an upkick in the program’s interest in upcoming years.

  • Certification completed for CATE program

    INDEPENDENCE — Angie Lawson, Principal of the Grayson County Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center, has announced that the CATE Center’s automotive technology program, which was previously placed under warning by the Virginia Department of Education, has now received full certification.
    Lawson announced the program’s certification to the Grayson County School Board during their monthly meeting last Monday.

  • Creative Space


    When graphic design student Brooke Hammack decided to pursue her dream career in college, her biggest concern was that the shift away from the school’s engineering program would cost her dream of working for NASA someday. But little did she know that her decision would open doors she never even knew existed.

  • Baywood, Fairview schools recognized

    Baywood and Fairview Elementary Schools were both recognized recently, as a result of their continued improvement as reflected by Standards of Learning (SOL) scores.

  • Superintendent receives new contract

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County school superintendent Kelly Wilmore received a new four-year contact at last Monday night’s meeting of the Grayson County School Board.
    Board member Shannon Holdway made the motion to “approve the resolution for Mr. Wilmore’s contract as presented. Randy Shinault seconded the motion, which was approved by a unanimous vote.
    The new contract will run from July 1, 2018 to July 2, 2022. He was appointed superintendent on Dec. 1, 2015.

  • Grayson County Schools to return funds

    By Larry Chambers

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County School Superintendent Kelly Wilmore informed school board members at their Oct. 9 meeting that the school system rolled over $466,000 from its 2016-2017 budget.
    He said $242,000 went back in the budget and the other $224,000 was placed in a capital improvement fund by county treasurer Kelly Haga.
    Wilmore said the total budget was more than $20 million.