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Education

  • 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.”

  • 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.