Two Fluvanna Schools Could Close, Parents Speak Out

Parents are pleading with the Fluvanna County School Board to keep two small elementary schools open. Full Story
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Flucojack

Moneta, VA

#1 Feb 11, 2013
"As hard of a decision as it's going to be - whether we decide to close these buildings or decide to keep them open - what other steps are we going to take to find $950,000?" said Camilla Washington, chair of the Fluvanna County School Board."

The school board is supposed to have been looking at ALL different options since at least last May, when they got their first budget cuts, did surveys on different options, had meetings, and had public open forums. Why does the School Board seem to just keep....talking...and....punti ng on hard questions over and over and over again? No decision is going to be easy or please everyone. But there is also not a lot of money to go around. Everyone's bills keep going up and up and up!
Jo Justis

Lexington, VA

#2 Feb 11, 2013
Welcome to the new age - Fluvanna....we lost our community elementary (Gold Hill) last year in Buckingham. money over-rides small, community-based schools. i don't know how it's going in our MegaSchool, for i no longer have children that age. i imagine there are a few who know, that hopefully will comment, as well.
Logical Decision

Farmville, VA

#3 Feb 11, 2013
I know it affects the small community atmosphere that the parents and children experience. However, if the people look at the cost of keeping these two schools open for a total of about 320 children, the number of kids in the two schools combined, it is a costly expense. It does not make good business sense to keep these schools open at a huge expense to the majority of the county school children. There are EMPTY class rooms at Central and this school is not being used to its potential. The budgets have affected more than 320 children. The budgets have affected ALL the children, not just the ones at these two schools as the report on the news showed
Fluvanna parent

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Feb 11, 2013
My child went to Central and it has good teachers. I went to elementary school with 35 students in a classroom. We can no longer afford the luxury of Walnut Grove with only a few students in each grade. My nephew went to Columbia-10 students in his class. We have to close these schools.
JCS

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Feb 11, 2013
Close both schools and consolidate those students in the Central Elementary School. Just because three of one parents' children have gone to the same school is no reason to keep the school open so that a fourth child can go there. Maybe that parent can donate the $950,000 shortfall needed.
Think About It

Farmville, VA

#6 Feb 11, 2013
Well, it seems to me that these two schools are more like a private school since there are so few children in a classroom. My children did not have the luxury of having 10 kids in a classroom. Also, I assume these teachers that have 10 kids in a classroom make the same salary as teachers, with the same tenure and experience, that have more like 25 kids in the classroom. How is that fair to other teachers in the county? It is not. And it's not fair for the students that don't have the luxury of a small class size.
Party Pooper

Waynesboro, VA

#7 Feb 11, 2013
There is more to be considered than teacher's jobs and closing schools. It is hard times for everyne. Consider the elderly on fixed incomes. Who will pay their extra taxes? Many families can't afford their living expensies now. All we hear is teacher's income and more money for schools. Now is the time to bite the bullet and close the schools.
Fluvy Gal

Palmyra, VA

#8 Feb 11, 2013
I don't know how they think they're going to eliminate 16 positions. There are currently about 24 classroom teachers at Central ES (give or take 1 or 2). If you divide out the approx. 320 students between those teachers, you're looking at an additional 13 students per class, which would result in many classes with close to 40 students. Insanity!

I think closing Cunningham and Columbia makes sense, but many of the teachers will need to be brought to Central along with the students. Other cuts will still need to be made.
Think About It

Farmville, VA

#9 Feb 11, 2013
Party Pooper wrote:
There is more to be considered than teacher's jobs and closing schools. It is hard times for everyne. Consider the elderly on fixed incomes. Who will pay their extra taxes? Many families can't afford their living expensies now. All we hear is teacher's income and more money for schools. Now is the time to bite the bullet and close the schools.
You are not being a party pooper. It is a fact that tough times call for tough decisions. We can not afford these two schools any longer. It is too much money to keep funding these money pits. No one has taken into consideration the other expenses other than teachers salaries....the repairs and maintenance of the buildings, the HVAC costs to heat and cool since the buildings are so old, just to mention a few. Also, if the kids were moved to Central, the teachers would need to go too. It would be nice if they would explain what the 16 positions are that would be eliminated.
Former Student

Martinsville, VA

#10 Feb 11, 2013
as a former student of Fluvanna County Schools I'm very happy to hear this. In my 4 years I was a student I went to four different schools two years at Palmyra, one year at Columbia and my final year at central. Every time I switched schools I was removed from friends which was just like switching schools every year. I started Albemarle and went to the same amount of schools (elementary, middle and high) as Fluvanna but as I moved so did my friends. It's not healthy to move students around every year. The amount of schools they have and the amount of times they move students around is the reason I have never desired to have my child go to that school system.
Sam

Palmyra, VA

#11 Feb 11, 2013
What happened to the original domino plan? The powers that created this unfortunate situation assured us it would work. How can we be expected to believe anything we are told now? Our children are being cheated by this situation. I'd be curious to know how many decision makers actually have kids in the system. They may have thought this out a little bit better if they had a vested interest in it.
Ben

Moneta, VA

#12 Feb 11, 2013
They've been talking about closing these two schools for years, and every time parents fuss about it. If they've been talking about it for years, maybe it's because it NEEDS to be done. They got the big expensive high school and were supposed to close the two little schools in exchange (Domino Plan). Then they didn't do it. Why? The schools need to learn they can't have it all.
LifeLong Fluco

Lynch Station, VA

#13 Feb 11, 2013
In 1970 the population of Fluvanna was 7600 in 2010 the population had grown to 26,000. Fluvanna county and developers posted full page ads in New York newspapers promoting Lake Monticello. Well if you build it, they will come. Now our quaint, southern county is bursting at the seams. What made this county special was the close knit communities consisting of small schools. My family has seen 4 generations go through Fluvanna Schools. It saddens me to see what has become of this county. What will happen to the two abandoned schools?
Eaglescout1984

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Feb 12, 2013
Sounds like a case of parents just being selfish. "Well, these are MY kids, so they deserve the BEST. It's the other kids who should bare the brunt of the 1 million dollar budget cuts."
Bababooey

Palmyra, VA

#15 Feb 12, 2013
Fluvanna residents if you want these 2 schools to remain open..step up to the plate..pay 21st century taxes. It is funny that people want nice things but do not want to pay for it.
fluco taxpayer

Palmyra, VA

#16 Feb 12, 2013
Former Student wrote:
as a former student of Fluvanna County Schools I'm very happy to hear this. In my 4 years I was a student I went to four different schools two years at Palmyra, one year at Columbia and my final year at central. Every time I switched schools I was removed from friends which was just like switching schools every year. I started Albemarle and went to the same amount of schools (elementary, middle and high) as Fluvanna but as I moved so did my friends. It's not healthy to move students around every year. The amount of schools they have and the amount of times they move students around is the reason I have never desired to have my child go to that school system.
Think about life in a military family.....where multiple moves can occur in a short period of time. My daughter went to 5 different school systems in less than 7 years. Some don't mind the moves and to some it bothers. Let's close the schools and move forward.
ctv

Palmyra, VA

#17 Feb 12, 2013
Sam wrote:
What happened to the original domino plan? The powers that created this unfortunate situation assured us it would work. How can we be expected to believe anything we are told now? Our children are being cheated by this situation. I'd be curious to know how many decision makers actually have kids in the system. They may have thought this out a little bit better if they had a vested interest in it.
I don't think ANY of them have students in the schools. Some may have had children or may have grandchildren...ask that question of the Superintendent and all the directors at the school board office. How many of THEM have students in the system or are their children being educated elsewhere?
Buckingham Teacher

Dillwyn, VA

#18 Feb 12, 2013
Welcome to our world. This happened to us last year. It was heartbreaking to lose our neighborhood school in Arvonia.

Jo, it's going...ok. It's not great, but it's not as bad as many feared it would be. The sense of community is gone. Knowing all the children--gone. But we still care for the ones in our care as much. Now it's just the ones in our classes instead of the whole school.

Thankfully we have Cindy O'Brien, who is a fabulous principal!
LifeLong Fluco

Lynch Station, VA

#19 Feb 12, 2013
Bababooey wrote:
Fluvanna residents if you want these 2 schools to remain open..step up to the plate..pay 21st century taxes. It is funny that people want nice things but do not want to pay for it.
How about putting the current budget under the microscope and weed out waste instead of raising taxes. There are other areas that could be targeted instead of these two schools.
Simple Solutions

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Feb 13, 2013
Fluvanna Schools are full of waste and luxury. Luxuries such as art, music, and sports need to be eliminated. Close the school libraries, move the books to the expensive new county mega library, and let the kids use the books there! It wouldn't kill the kids to add 5 or 6 kids to each classroom and eliminate all these unneeded teachers. Stop soaking taxpayers with the bill of all this waste and luxury.

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