Fluvanna Schools Request More Funding from Supervisors

Full story: NBC29 Charlottesville

Wednesday night in Fluvanna County - for the second year in a row - the school board asked supervisors for more money.
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Sick of Tax Hikes

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Just how many times are the schools going to shake down the poor taxpayers of Fluvanna? They will never, ever be satisfied, and must be stopped! Time to defund the schools!
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It seems like every week the teachers of Fluvanna are demanding more money. When will they get enough?
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Raising the property tax $0.20/$100!! OMG!! Keep it up Fluvanna County...my husband & I work full-time jobs and we don't live at the lake. We cannot afford higher taxes. We know we will have our water rates raised in the future as well. Next, we'll just foreclose on the house!!

Teachers need textbooks to teach from and a board to write on! You don't even have to give copies to the students--use the textbooks. The extensive supply lists that we are given at the beginning of the school year includes boatloads of paper and other unnecessary items. Every year, WE are asked to buy $50 or more in school supplies. At the end of the year, kids bring home all that unused paper, etc.

You may need to eliminate more teaching positions, etc when we all leave the county.
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The property tax didn't increase 20 cents....it's LESS than a revenue-neutral rate. The assessments went down...the rate is applied to the assessed value. On average, Fluvanna residents will pay LESS tax this year than last year. The schools have made massive efforts to remove unnecessary positions and costs. While the high school may have been a boondoggle of epic proportions that will hurt this county for years, it doesn't change the fact that what the schools requested this year was, in fact, pretty close to the minimum it needed to operate effectively.
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As a Greene County resident and PTA president I have been following this story closely. All I can say is SHAME on the Fluvanna BOS! Hopefully our BOS in Greene demonstrates more wisdom and fully funds our schools.
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Teresa wrote:
Raising the property tax $0.20/$100!! OMG!! Keep it up Fluvanna County...my husband & I work full-time jobs and we don't live at the lake.
You may need to eliminate more teaching positions, etc when we all leave the county.
What does living at the lake have to do with it? I pay the same taxes you do, and get the same services from the county.
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Teresa wrote:
Raising the property tax $0.20/$100!! OMG!! Keep it up Fluvanna County...my husband & I work full-time jobs and we don't live at the lake. We cannot afford higher taxes. We know we will have our water rates raised in the future as well. Next, we'll just foreclose on the house!!
Teachers need textbooks to teach from and a board to write on! You don't even have to give copies to the students--use the textbooks. The extensive supply lists that we are given at the beginning of the school year includes boatloads of paper and other unnecessary items. Every year, WE are asked to buy $50 or more in school supplies. At the end of the year, kids bring home all that unused paper, etc.
You may need to eliminate more teaching positions, etc when we all leave the county.
What does it matter where you live in Fluvanna? Why mention that you do not live at the Lake?
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Kiki wrote:
As a Greene County resident and PTA president I have been following this story closely. All I can say is SHAME on the Fluvanna BOS! Hopefully our BOS in Greene demonstrates more wisdom and fully funds our schools.
All I can say is that one of the 33 positions being eliminated is called a "special education interpreter." Can someone explain what that is?

R.I.P.: Harry Reems
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Kiki wrote:
As a Greene County resident and PTA president I have been following this story closely. All I can say is SHAME on the Fluvanna BOS! Hopefully our BOS in Greene demonstrates more wisdom and fully funds our schools.
Cut the outrageous benefits of these unqualified so called teachers, they are nothing more than a political idealogs and have turned all of our public education systems into a welfare program.
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Cut the outrageous benefits of these unqualified so called teachers, they are nothing more than a political idealogs and have turned all of our public education systems into a welfare program.
Again, I will reiterate...
When the past BOS and SB were pitching this insane high school, where were the teachers and admins to protest it? Didn't these well educated people realize that, at some point, the over-the-top push for a new high school would result in a "pay me later" scenario?

Well, gang, it's time for "pay me later."

Logically, though, did anyone at the meeting ask for an honest answer from the BOS as to why they went with 79.5 cents and did not go up to 80 cents? Although I despise tax increases--where does it end?--why did they not increase that modest .5 cents to get to 80?

R.I.P.: Tom Clements
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almost every other county in the state is capable of providing their schools with the necessary budgets for operation. the situation in Fluvanna is an embarrassment and the result of decades of mismanagement, corruption, poor planning, and missed opportunities for revenue. Fluvanna can't afford to keep their schools open or pay for infrastructure (such as the pipeline being payed for by Louisa with tax revenue from developments at zion crossroads which Fluvanna failed to take advantage of). lets not forget about elected officials indicted for election fraud and the five or six supervisors who were terminated last year. Of course the county is going to increase taxes on it's residents, because there is no where else to get money from when you fail to develop your local economy. Only the most uneducated citizens would blame any of this on schools or teachers. Your taxes will keep going up regardless of how much the school's get out of it, because you elected corrupt supervisors with no vision for the county.
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When the pipeline is laid in the county of Fluvanna, has there been any discussion on getting the Contractors to obtain a county license to work within the county (Revenue) or pay taxes to Fluvanna on the money they make while working in the county (Revenue)? Where is the vision for development within the county? I have spoke to people that have been on the BOS, and they don't seem to have any answers. So the easy way and without having to think or make an intelligent decision, is to tap the poor resident.
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former fluco resident wrote:
almost every other county in the state is capable of providing their schools with the necessary budgets for operation. the situation in Fluvanna is an embarrassment and the result of decades of mismanagement, corruption, poor planning, and missed opportunities for revenue. Fluvanna can't afford to keep their schools open or pay for infrastructure (such as the pipeline being payed for by Louisa with tax revenue from developments at zion crossroads which Fluvanna failed to take advantage of). lets not forget about elected officials indicted for election fraud and the five or six supervisors who were terminated last year. Of course the county is going to increase taxes on it's residents, because there is no where else to get money from when you fail to develop your local economy. Only the most uneducated citizens would blame any of this on schools or teachers. Your taxes will keep going up regardless of how much the school's get out of it, because you elected corrupt supervisors with no vision for the county.
The school board and its liberal idealogs are an embarrassment. We need to cut the funding by half.
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When the pipeline is laid in the county of Fluvanna, has there been any discussion on getting the Contractors to obtain a county license to work within the county (Revenue) or pay taxes to Fluvanna on the money they make while working in the county (Revenue)? Where is the vision for development within the county? I have spoke to people that have been on the BOS, and they don't seem to have any answers. So the easy way and without having to think or make an intelligent decision, is to tap the poor resident.
Louisa has agreed to pay for the pipeline being laid Fluvanna because Fluco has no money, they might change their mind if we charge them extra.
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The school board and its liberal idealogs are an embarrassment. We need to cut the funding by half.
Who is "we"? do you live in the county? I don't, I left because I don't want my kids going to underfunded schools where they receive an inferior education and living in a county where they can't get a job. I doubt there are many liberals anywhere in Fluvanna county which votes solidly republican in every election, the majority of board members, teachers, and staff are likely republicans, as are the parents of the majority of children that attend fluco schools.
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The school board and its liberal idealogs are an embarrassment. We need to cut the funding by half.
Cut by half? Is this meant to be satire?

You are about to witness a fleeing of families from this county who want better for their children. They'll go to Albemarle, Charlottesville, or nearly any other surrounding district that values public education more than Fluvanna's current BOS.
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Who is "we"? do you live in the county? I don't, I left because I don't want my kids going to underfunded schools where they receive an inferior education and living in a county where they can't get a job. I doubt there are many liberals anywhere in Fluvanna county which votes solidly republican in every election, the majority of board members, teachers, and staff are likely republicans, as are the parents of the majority of children that attend fluco schools.
Actually, you might not be so right about the demographics. I would say the majority of school board, teachers and staff are Obamaites. Parents might be a tad split but mostly Reupblicans.

As for the post who cited the word "corruption" to describe past School Boards and Boards of Supervisors, can you name some specifics (I am not challenging you, just want to hear some more info on those usual suspects).

R.I.P.: Billy Haislip
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former fluco resident wrote:
almost every other county in the state is capable of providing their schools with the necessary budgets for operation. the situation in Fluvanna is an embarrassment and the result of decades of mismanagement, corruption, poor planning, and missed opportunities for revenue. Fluvanna can't afford to keep their schools open or pay for infrastructure (such as the pipeline being payed for by Louisa with tax revenue from developments at zion crossroads which Fluvanna failed to take advantage of). lets not forget about elected officials indicted for election fraud and the five or six supervisors who were terminated last year. Of course the county is going to increase taxes on it's residents, because there is no where else to get money from when you fail to develop your local economy. Only the most uneducated citizens would blame any of this on schools or teachers. Your taxes will keep going up regardless of how much the school's get out of it, because you elected corrupt supervisors with no vision for the county.
Three nails that shut the coffin:
1. The good ol' BOS who for years wanted to retain "rural preservation" in the county and sat on their butts and let all the development occur in Louisa. Great foresight there.
2. The good ol' BOS and SB (and educators) who for years drooled and planned on a new high school while not handling item #1 above.
3. Reduced population growth in Fluvanna due to many factors, including economic slowing.

See the common denominator here? The current BOS really is trying to clean up a mess. It cracks me up how locals allow Obama to maintain the "it's Bush's fault...I was dealt a horrible hand," but fail to mention what really put us in this conundrum.

R.I.P.: G.G. Allin
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Why should Fluvanna County Schools be any different.Look at all the local school systems Charlottesville Albemarele Greene every one of them know about what their budgets will be but yet each create their wish list to include millions more. Than they claim that the schools will fail.

Most taxpayers in these areas have to live with-in a budget. The school boards are staffed by educated people who should have enough common sense to under stand this.
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Can someone from a functional county show Fluvanna how it's done? Funding schools, property taxes and growth?

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