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Education

  • 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.

  • 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

    Landmark News Service
    and Staff Reports

    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.