Fluvanna Parents Petition Supervisors for School Funding

Full story: NBC29 Charlottesville

Fluvanna County Schools are once again working with a thin budget. Now, parents are stepping in to help ensure the schools receive funds to meet their basic needs.
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George S

Hartselle, AL

#1 Mar 15, 2013
The economy is very bad. People are out of work, out of money, have lost their homes.

There is no conspiracy in reducing school funding, there simply is no mountain of cash to pay for it.

These parents were 'at Friday's game'???

Cut the unimportant sports nonsense, and concentrate on education.

The world does not need more illiterate, homeless jocks.
Sigh

Palmyra, VA

#2 Mar 15, 2013
These parents were at a game which was sponsored by the PTAs (yes parents) to host a basketball game between parents/school staff of one school vs. parents/school staff of another to raise money for the schools and to create an evening of fun and entertainment for the students and the community as a whole.
2014 Will Be A Surprise

Richmond, VA

#3 Mar 16, 2013
I like how invest has become the buzzword for spend spend spend.
Zest for Life

Ruckersville, VA

#4 Mar 16, 2013
2014 Will Be A Surprise wrote:
I like how invest has become the buzzword for spend spend spend.
Schools don't spend spend spend. They cut, cut, cut. Every year the game is how to do more with less. Expect miraculous results, but provide no support. Public education is at an all time low in this country. Politicians making education decisions is bad news.
2014 Will Be A Surprise

Richmond, VA

#5 Mar 16, 2013
Zest for Life wrote:
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Schools don't spend spend spend. They cut, cut, cut. Every year the game is how to do more with less. Expect miraculous results, but provide no support. Public education is at an all time low in this country. Politicians making education decisions is bad news.
LOL! Schools dont spend spend spend. You made my day HaHa!!!
Liberalace

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Mar 16, 2013
Ah, let the bedwetting begin. "FOFF = Focus on F***ing Up Fluvanna."

Yes, schools do spend-spend-spend. Teachers are NOT overpaid but administration is fat with excess.
Teachers' problem is like that with doctors, lawyers and cops: some great ones, lots of good ones, but they as a group protect the bad ones.
School boards are notoriously full of self-important egomaniacs (this is a national problem, not just in Fluco).

Plump pension plans for admins who retire (especially after they are placed in fluff, meaningless high-paying positions to boost their salaries in the final few year).
I recall a couple of years ago when Keller had recently arrived. She took a woman who was principal of Central (a hideous school if there ever was one) in the beginning of the year and replaced her with the current principal (a hideous principal if there ever was one). The woman she canned was moved into a position called "director of student data analysis" or something similar. In other words, we were expected to believe that a person who used to be a teachert, worked her way up in managing a school, was now qualified to analyze data, as though such a position is necessary in a small school district.

For an excellent study in how educators work in government schools, just refer to any large city district. In fact, try Googling "Arlene Ackerman" and read up on her.

R.I.P.: Arelen Ackerman
may

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Mar 16, 2013
What makes these parents who are trying to get a petition signed so they can secure more money from the BOS that it will happen,,,the BOS want it their way and no other way.
I have been to the Middle school and see people in the office just sitting there,not saying hello or even shuffling papers around to look busy,
I am not saying we do not need 4 people in a small office at the same time,,however,if you are there at least look busy,,,,,so people will not complain,,,I do not want to see anyone loose their job in this day and age,as we all know people need their jobs,but I do think there are ways to cut back with out hurting our children.
Did anyone think of closing the Palmyra school as well as the other 2,,I do not know about anyone else but when I drive past the horrible looking building I am ashamed that it is part of our school district
My mom taught me that even if you have one dress keep it as clean as you can,,,are you going to tell me a can of paint to do the outside of the Palmyra building,costs that much it couldn't have been bought over the years several times to paint the outside..
I ,if I had to work in or have children in that building would be ashamed to tell people,,,,Our children deserve more then going to school in that horrible looking both inside and out building.
I hope,before anyone jumps on me that I am wrong and that no child goes to that "school" no matter the reason.
Why not close Palmyra and let the staff and children if necessary go to Cunningham or Columbia,,they have to be in better shape (I hope)then the one in Palmyra..
This is only the way I feel and understand some are going to tell me I am nuts,crazy etc,but everyone is supposed to be allowed their feelings,
Hope everyone has nice day
Intheloop

Scottsville, VA

#8 Mar 16, 2013
Many of you have commented have proven but one thing - that whether or not you know what you are talking about, you have access to a computer. I have an idea: attend the School Board meetings, attend the Board of Supervisors meetings, get involved with the schools, find out what's working and what needs improvement and volunteer to help...our kids deserve our solutions and our attention - not flawed, knee-jerk analysis of the issues and criticism that does nothing but embarrass everyone who cares about Fluvanna's schools and the community.
Teresa

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Mar 16, 2013
How much $ was raised? How much did the electricity cost and the water bill for such a fundraiser? Did it raise enough $ to offset the costs to the school?
randomthoughts

Waynesboro, VA

#10 Mar 16, 2013
Typical .

Moonbat C-ville liberals standing in line , playing games and signing up for a HAND-OUT.

Here is 3 min of video every freedom loving American should edure of C-ville Liberals and why they get in line .

SFW =.... God Bless her :). typical liberal @ 1:41 is priceless and EXACTLY how liberal moonbats think about money.

concerned

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Mar 16, 2013
George S wrote:
The economy is very bad. People are out of work, out of money, have lost their homes.
There is no conspiracy in reducing school funding, there simply is no mountain of cash to pay for it.
These parents were 'at Friday's game'???
Cut the unimportant sports nonsense, and concentrate on education.
The world does not need more illiterate, homeless jocks.
George, you do not know what you are talking about. Did you actually read the article...probably not. The game was a fundraiser....the teachers were playing each other to raise money for their own jobs. And if you think their is no conspiracy against Fluvanna's schools, start coming to the BOS meetings. They are very enlightening.....
Erin

North Garden, VA

#12 Mar 16, 2013
I find it interesting that no one has ever presented the facts in this ongoing debate. What was the school budget 10 years ago? For each of the last 5 years? Now what about enrollment? Where was that 10 years ago, and for each of the last 5 years. Now on to staffing: what were the numbers of staff 10 years ago and for each of the last five years - and break that number down by teachers, aides, admin, etc. Then take into consideration the changes in the economy over that same time period. Almost every person I know is making the same or LESS than they were five years ago. Almost everyone has suffered the loss of property value. And these are the people expected to fund the education system with their taxes. It is not always about how much it TAKES to make something work - it is about making something work with whatever is AVAILABLE. Someone, please, give us some accurate, unbiased numbers from reliable sources, so we can all have some INFORMATION to work with.
SilenceDoGood

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Mar 16, 2013
and when we DO get involved and voice our thoughts, that are critical of the SB and how the schools are run in general. We get made fun of and caricatures are made of us by FoFF to discredit us and our view points against the nation's education system's agenda as a whole. They claim to be open minded but they are not ...
Intheloop wrote:
Many of you have commented have proven but one thing - that whether or not you know what you are talking about, you have access to a computer. I have an idea: attend the School Board meetings, attend the Board of Supervisors meetings, get involved with the schools, find out what's working and what needs improvement and volunteer to help...our kids deserve our solutions and our attention - not flawed, knee-jerk analysis of the issues and criticism that does nothing but embarrass everyone who cares about Fluvanna's schools and the community.
SilenceDoGood

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Mar 16, 2013
@Erin ... This is the BEST resource out here. http://flucoblog.com/category/news
Erin wrote:
I find it interesting that no one has ever presented the facts in this ongoing debate. What was the school budget 10 years ago? For each of the last 5 years? Now what about enrollment? Where was that 10 years ago, and for each of the last 5 years. Now on to staffing: what were the numbers of staff 10 years ago and for each of the last five years - and break that number down by teachers, aides, admin, etc. Then take into consideration the changes in the economy over that same time period. Almost every person I know is making the same or LESS than they were five years ago. Almost everyone has suffered the loss of property value. And these are the people expected to fund the education system with their taxes. It is not always about how much it TAKES to make something work - it is about making something work with whatever is AVAILABLE. Someone, please, give us some accurate, unbiased numbers from reliable sources, so we can all have some INFORMATION to work with.
SilenceDoGood

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Mar 16, 2013
The SB doesn't want to make ANY real changes and restructure to the day to day operations of the admins and the state/fed has so many required mandates that it is nearly impossible to restructure logically based on current funds. We need everyone to write/call and ask for less mandates - I think every SB is going through this.
reality

Louisa, VA

#16 Mar 16, 2013
concerned wrote:
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George, you do not know what you are talking about. Did you actually read the article...probably not. The game was a fundraiser....the teachers were playing each other to raise money for their own jobs. And if you think their is no conspiracy against Fluvanna's schools, start coming to the BOS meetings. They are very enlightening.....
It was nothing more than a publicity stunt to try and drum up support for an unpopular, taxpayer burdening cause.
SilenceDoGood

Charlottesville, VA

#17 Mar 16, 2013
The report is quite misleading about the game's purpose though. The "Stars & Stripes" game is a long standing tradition. It is not new due to funding issues JUST for this year. Its been around for a long time.
reality wrote:
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It was nothing more than a publicity stunt to try and drum up support for an unpopular, taxpayer burdening cause.
Teachers are liars

Charlottesville, VA

#18 Mar 16, 2013
You cannot tell me that the schools would fall apart if we cut a reasonable 20% of their budget! The kids would still learn with an extra kid or two in the classroom. The teacher might have to trade down from a BMW or Volvo to a Ford (and actually support America) but they would not starve.

There is a ton of waste and excess that could be cut from the schools!
SilenceDoGood

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Mar 16, 2013
"PALMYRA The Fluvanna Board of Supervisors appropriated an additional $300,000 for fiscal year 2013 to the county school system ..."

http://flucoblog.com/supervisors-give-300k-to...
bopper

Collinsville, VA

#20 Mar 16, 2013
Do basic needs include the over 100 thousand dollar salarys the administraded imbicles get?

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