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Albemarle County Public Schools is responding to allegations that one of three elementary schools may be on the chopping block.
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ACPS parent

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Jul 27, 2012
 

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So they want to close 2 schools and at the same time ask for a new high school, north of town that will cost millions.
How can they justify this to our community. Who is doing their accounts-- who has the million for a HS and enough money to fix the problems south of town!!!

MHS and WAHS have open seats! Yes AHS is overcrowded but this is from the lack of attention to the district and where the school were placed. Why not open the districts, for the HS students let AHS students go to WAHS or MHS all the high school have different programs because of the many building level allowance. Then take the money ACPS was going to use to buy land and build a new HS and let these two communities build new schools or find a new facility.
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Jul 27, 2012
 
I hope the Board also considers all of the new hires at the Central Office level. Many of the positions eliminated during the last round of cuts have slowly, silently, been reinstated. If we can afford to make the superintendant's job easier by hiring new staff to her job for her, then we should also be able to keep those schools open. Granted, the savings realized by closing a school doesn't compare to the cost of 3-4 COB administrators, but obviously fiscal irresponsibility is creeping back into the system. Not a good sign.
oldman

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Jul 27, 2012
 
Do we have a young politician crying "wolf" for his own purposes?
Liberalace

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Jul 28, 2012
 
oldman wrote:
Do we have a young politician crying "wolf" for his own purposes?
I don't think Dumler is that "dum(b)." I am not a fan of his, but I find it hard to believe someone would be so stupid and irresponsible to publicly come forth with this.
It does not matter if the school board is not considering closures; the BOS approves the school board funding, so it would not surprise me to see budgets cut to force the issue.

Truthfully, if Yancey (Esmont area) is losing enrollment, Scottsville is just a few miles one way and North Gahden (in Boston parlance) is a few the other way. It would make sense to close that one. I am not sure how that would impact the Esmont-area apprenticeships in dealing weed, but I am sure kids could get training in that from other sources.

R.I.P.: Willi Smith
simple sam

Charlottesville, VA

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Jul 28, 2012
 
Keep the smaller schools ! Thats what makes a commuity! And a great way to meet your neighbors,,
Richard

Charlottesville, VA

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Jul 28, 2012
 
"allegation" . Strange choice.
democracy

Martinsville, VA

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Jul 30, 2012
 
County schools PR flack Phil Giaramita says this about Supervisor Chris Dumler's concerns that small elementary schools (Scottsville, Yancey, and Red Hill) in his district may be closed:

"At the board meeting in July, there was some discussion by some of the school board members as to whether what the financial efficiency would be of some of these recommendations. And there [were] some questions as to whether it's a wise investment to spend money at some of these schools that have low enrollments."

In other words, in obtuse flack-speak, yes, the county central office is considering closing those schools, and it's a flat-out lie to suggest otherwise.
County school "leaders" say that "nothing is set in stone."

Dumler responds that "this is a decision that the school board could make by the end of next month. Of course it's a terrible time it happens with very little public notice, very little public comment."

What Supervisor Dumler has yet to realize, or is politely not saying, is that the county schools "leaders" (School Board and central office personnel) have a habit of making important decisions during the summer months when people (teachers, parents, members of the community) are not paying as close attention to school matters. Worse, these same "leaders" prefer to make policy decisions "with very little public input" and with "very little comment." Teachers have known this for quite some time.

These same "leaders" don't like to be held accountable either. In fact, the School Board and superintendent are still withholding 268 SchoolNet-related e-mails. SchoolNet is the $2 million technology software disaster in the county schools.

Chris Dumler is likely on to something...and if past actions (like the 4 x 4 schedule) are any indication, the decision has already been made, even if school "leaders" deny it.

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