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Gold Hill Elementary in Buckingham County is shutting its doors because of a $3 million shortfall in the school's budget. Full Story
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Concerned Citizen

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Mar 22, 2012
I disagree...this is not reality at all. We will fight, and we will include much more than the School Board! We may not win...but we will fight! We believe the intention of our School Board was to close our school all along...they told us what we wanted to hear to sugar coat things! This is not just an Elementary issue here...this is our community!
Officials need to realize they are elected into these positions...and election time will come again...but not soon enough!
George S

Hartselle, AL

#2 Mar 22, 2012
What would this $3 million pay for during the nine-month school year?

"...already struggling students will just keeping falling behind."--Is that worded properly? It indicates that they are falling behind already.
Charlotte

United States

#4 Mar 22, 2012
I think the new school that is being built will not be able to handly all these students .we need to find another place to cut. Not teachers or their pay to be cut either.I have 3 grandchildren who go to buckingham school.the county needs to step up to the plate and help.Lets not put our childrens at risk.
Parent

Palmyra, VA

#5 Mar 23, 2012
George--The school's SOL scores are good, as evidenced by their Fully Accredited status. As in most schools, there are gifted students and there are struggling students. I believe the reporter was speaking about a particular parent's concerns about a specific child.

Parents are upset because this is a small, family-oriented community school, and no one wants to lose that. The teachers have a very close and caring relationship with the children and the parents that you don't find in a large school. The school is the center of the community and is a large part of its identity.
C Terry

Martinsville, VA

#6 Mar 23, 2012
At a meeting last night with Mr. Blair at the Gold Hill School he assured us that if we came up with approximately $157,000 the school can remain open. We are still fighting this fight and will continue. We are hoping to do fund raisers, we are hoping if the state of Virginia and the Federal Government dicide to balance their budjets, some of this money will come from them. We are also hoping that some wealthy concerned citizens may help.
As for 'hehe' in the above post. This is not a laughing matter, a black or a wwhite thing. All races involved have united in our community to stop this travesty from happening.

“bad luck or no luck”

Since: Jun 08

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#7 Mar 23, 2012
what is the agenda of the school board? Is there perhaps a land deal in the works? Just curious,
C Terry

Martinsville, VA

#8 Mar 23, 2012
I made an error in my post, the actual ammount needed to keep the Gold Hill School open is $576,000. A lot of money but I think we can do it.
o please

Schuyler, VA

#10 Mar 23, 2012
i forgot to add.. what i dont understand why they remodel/build/combine the elementary and middle school into one when they cant afford to keep another open.. was this budget looked at thoroughly?
gah

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Mar 23, 2012
thanks gop
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Charlottesville, VA

#12 Mar 23, 2012
My children attend this school and I am excited about the opportunity that closing Gold Hill will bring. The students will have access to resources and after school activities that they currently do not have. Gold Hill is constantly in need of repairs, the central air units recently installed donít always work and there was a recent water supply issue. Several posts refer to this as being a community school but when was the last time any of our community history was taught in a classroom. The commute will take about 20 minutes. I did the same commute when I attended this school and I survived. My children currently ride the bus for an hour and they are less than five miles from the school so Iím sure this shouldnít be a detrimental issue for the students. It would be nice if the fund raising and community involvement was an ongoing thing. I attended the PTA meeting when this was announced and I was shocked at all the negativity given in front of the children on that day and the following day. My child should not come home from school concerned about whether or not their teacher will have a job next year. The children will hopefully still have access to an educated teacher that cares about the success of everyone in their classroom.
Hannah

Fort Lee, VA

#13 Mar 23, 2012
What will happen to the faculty at Gold Hill? Are all the students going to be added to the new school? What will that do to their class sizes? Are the classrooms large enough to accomodate more desks? Adding a lot more students will also impact buses,library, lunch schedules, art, music, PE. These practical considerations are sometimes ignored by the decision makers.
It's such a shame that small schools are usually the first to be shut down.
SAD

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Mar 23, 2012
Here we go again. Taking something else from the lower end of the county. This has been the boards plan for the last 5 or 6 yrs. With figure crunches, this has been in the works for 5 or 6 years. Arvonia Primary selling was a joke with poor excuse for selling it so cheap. The board does not want the lower end to have anything. NOTHING! Another question, WHERE WAS THE SCHOOL BOARD REPRESENTATIVE AND THE BOARD OF SUPERVISOR AT LAST NIGHT WHILE THIS MEETING WAS BEING HELD? I hope everyone that voted for Monroe Snoddy and David Christain sees what support we get out of them when it is for the next election!
Get it over

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Mar 23, 2012
A lot of complaints but no offers of a resolution. There is a $2M deficit. No one is taking anything away from the lower end of the county. Arvonia primary is not being used because of arson ---hhmmm, how did that happen? Apparently someone didn't love that end of the county as much as others. So who is willing to sacrifice their salary to keep the school open for less than 200 kids? The Buckingham County school system is so far behind in just about everything and we bicker over territorial issues. All the kids end up on that end of the county anyway so what is the bid deal!
blackhawk57

United States

#16 Mar 23, 2012
If we target and eliminate wasteful spending practices usually brought on by liberal democrats, we probably would not be having this discussion and experiencing these woes...
GHES

Charlottesville, VA

#17 Mar 23, 2012
blackhawk57 wrote:
If we target and eliminate wasteful spending practices usually brought on by liberal democrats, we probably would not be having this discussion and experiencing these woes...
WHATEVER!!!!!
Dude

Bumpass, VA

#18 Mar 23, 2012
blackhawk57 wrote:
If we target and eliminate wasteful spending practices usually brought on by liberal democrats, we probably would not be having this discussion and experiencing these woes...
Why not target all wasteful spending brought on buy both parties? Why is republican's wasteful spending any better than the democrat's wasteful spending? You're being dishonest with yourself, and being part of the problem, not part of the solution. If we had an open and honest dialoge with each other and took a good look at our tax and foreign and fiscal policies we may not be having this discussion, regardless of party.
Dude

Bumpass, VA

#19 Mar 23, 2012
UGHHHH...

*by
*dialogue

I apologize to all the spelling and grammar Nazis out there.
blackhawk57

United States

#20 Mar 23, 2012
Dude wrote:
<quoted text>Why not target all wasteful spending brought on buy both parties? Why is republican's wasteful spending any better than the democrat's wasteful spending? You're being dishonest with yourself, and being part of the problem, not part of the solution. If we had an open and honest dialoge with each other and took a good look at our tax and foreign and fiscal policies we may not be having this discussion, regardless of party.
Well, I did say 'usually brought on by liberal democrats' so that seems to imply that Republicans also spend wastefully. However, more often than not, it is 'typically' a Democrat that spends wildly and on things that really aren't necessary. Combine this with unnecessary regulations and restrictions that cost $$$ to comply with and you are short in other areas (like this situation).
How about a great example of the mentality (or lack of) of a Democrat. Let's take the Iconic Nancy Pelosi that states: "Sometimes we have to pass a bill to see what's in it!" If that doesn't 'tear it', I don't know what would. Do you agree with her lunacy and does that make sense to you?(and thanks for correcting your mistake).
Dude

Bumpass, VA

#21 Mar 23, 2012
blackhawk57 wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, I did say 'usually brought on by liberal democrats' so that seems to imply that Republicans also spend wastefully. However, more often than not, it is 'typically' a Democrat that spends wildly and on things that really aren't necessary. Combine this with unnecessary regulations and restrictions that cost $$$ to comply with and you are short in other areas (like this situation).
How about a great example of the mentality (or lack of) of a Democrat. Let's take the Iconic Nancy Pelosi that states: "Sometimes we have to pass a bill to see what's in it!" If that doesn't 'tear it', I don't know what would. Do you agree with her lunacy and does that make sense to you?(and thanks for correcting your mistake).
Looks like you're playing partisan politics and being dishonest. While you and I may dislike the health care bill, and I agree that Pelosi is being dishonest, both parties are responsible for massive amounts of wasteful spending. The truth is that you're acting like we've seen the cost results that are associated with that bill, which is also dishonest.
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Cutting taxes and going into two wars was an unbelievably bad idea, follow that up with TARP and many of the bailouts, or how about the stimulus? Do you think that it's a good idea that companies that get billions in tax subsidies don't pay income taxes? On top of that, what was the justification for going into Iraq?
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Why do you think the Republican front runners are focusing on social issues?
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It won't be until the Republican and Democratic parties alienates enough social moderate fiscal conservatives that we will see those with good common sense ideas come to fruition. Why doesn't the GOP take Ron Paul or Gary Johnson seriously? I'm guessing it's because they're afraid of alienating the CCA or MMA.
Concerned citizen

Charlottesville, VA

#22 Mar 23, 2012
Maybe we should consider:

-a 160 day school year

-administrative cuts, rather than teachers or schools!!!

-administrative PAY cuts, let's lessen the gap between teacher and administrative pay such as the superintendant

-the county BoS could pick up the tab and cut some of their wasteful spending as well (like the new building on HWY 60)

-Quit giving senselessly to the MS/HS sports and/or classrooms and make it fair across the board! We can't afford to keep some doors open but others are creating new sports like a JV soccer teams or sixth graders being given Ipod touches to use as calculators. The MS also gets to have a HUGE "fun day" at the end of the year...

-fundraising & boxtops bring in money

-many people have OFFERED to pay a "special tax" - Arvonia residents did this years ago that is how the Arvonia Primary School was built!

I just think we need to exhaust ALL alternatives before we start closing schools!!!

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