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Fluvanna County Makes Plans to Avoid Budget Problems Next Year - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA N...

There are 13 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Dec 5, 2012, titled Fluvanna County Makes Plans to Avoid Budget Problems Next Year - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA N.... In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Fluvanna County school leaders and supervisors worked on a common goal Wednesday night.

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may

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Dec 6, 2012
could someone tell me how 19 newsplex and 29 news could have some different statements about this meeting?
19 Newsplex last sentence was that the one thing agreed upon was the need for a new elementary school,,please tell me they are kidding. Why can;t they fix some of the problems in the schools they have now,,for instance bathrooms that do not work and sinks that the kids can not wash their hands in,(which you are supposed to do when using the bathroom) leaky roofs,mold problems and the lists go on and on...
I am all for education but everyone is complaining about the new high school,and they are talking about another new school,,,,,
The part that I do not understand is I did not read about this on 29 news,,,is it just the reporter for 19 heard what they wanted to hear,,or is 29 news not telling the whole story.
I knew it

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Dec 6, 2012
I think the goal each year is to "plan" to avoid the same issues they have faced in the past. They pulled $300k from next year's budget to help this year's and you don't think that's going to come back and create issues? How is that going to be receoved if they can't do it now? Turn the thermostat back to 56 instead of 72 during the school day? At some point they will need to work to a solution other than pulling from future year's or this problem will continue to compound.
Liberalace

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Dec 6, 2012
may wrote:
could someone tell me how 19 newsplex and 29 news could have some different statements about this meeting?
19 Newsplex last sentence was that the one thing agreed upon was the need for a new elementary school,,please tell me they are kidding. Why can;t they fix some of the problems in the schools they have now,,for instance bathrooms that do not work and sinks that the kids can not wash their hands in,(which you are supposed to do when using the bathroom) leaky roofs,mold problems and the lists go on and on...
I am all for education but everyone is complaining about the new high school,and they are talking about another new school,,,,,
The part that I do not understand is I did not read about this on 29 news,,,is it just the reporter for 19 heard what they wanted to hear,,or is 29 news not telling the whole story.
When in doubt, always go with the Newsplex. NBC29 is too busy posting/reporting stories to appease or attract potential/current advertisers, posting stories about "Stuart's Draft Seniors Discuss Driver Safety," and other such hard-hitting stories that impact us. Essentially, it is the 21st Century equivalent of the old payola schemes from radio in the 1950s/early 1960s.

Why do you think a news outlet in a town with so much real news as this town would do stories on gingerbread displays or sorority marathon dances? Because they need to do stories to appeal to all silly groups so they can get more viewers. So, accuracy becomes irrelevant to these amateurs. Fact-checking is pretty much nil. Just get the story on the air, forget about opposing perspectives, and quash any news that might offend an advertisers.

That's what you get in a little town.

R.I.P.: Ted Knight
Reality

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Dec 6, 2012
Closing community schools is never a popular choice, but in every case, the recovery is brief and the lasting impact is positive.
Reality

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Dec 6, 2012
I knew it wrote:
I think the goal each year is to "plan" to avoid the same issues they have faced in the past. They pulled $300k from next year's budget to help this year's and you don't think that's going to come back and create issues? How is that going to be recovered if they can't do it now? Turn the thermostat back to 56 instead of 72 during the school day? At some point they will need to work to a solution other than pulling from future year's or this problem will continue to compound.
Read the article. A majority of it will be recovered by closing 2 schools. Your joke about the temperature is actually more of a reality than anything. The power bills are one of the problems. The high school is lit like a Christmas tree ALL NIGHT LONG for some reason. They turn on the stadium lights, at an ungodly cost, just so the INDOOR track team can practice...outdoors.
Howie

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Dec 6, 2012
Will someone reply if they know of salary cuts to the people who work at the administrative level? Are the superintendent and her assistants slashing their pay, taking token cuts, or no cuts at all?

Has there been any talk of amending the entire salary scale, so that increases at the top levels are eliminated? It's crazy to have one teacher making $65k and another making 23K. Regardless of ability and experience, you'll never be able to prove any one teacher is worth $40k more than another.
Your Focus is Wrong

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Dec 6, 2012
Do not blame the teachers. Administrators - Possibly. School Board - Yes. Board of Supervisors - Stop the Buck. When the supervisors decline or refuse (pick one) to attract or oppose the offer of businesses to locate in your county (along with the increased tax revenue with minimal - if any - impact on schools) there is no one else to blame. The infamous phrase "can't raise taxes" doesn't hold water when you have an autonomous "mini-county" that are kings & queens of NIMBY - You can either cut services, expand your taxbase, or raise taxes. It's not rocket science. Yes, I am a member of the Tea Party.
I knew it

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Dec 6, 2012
Howie wrote:
It's crazy to have one teacher making $65k and another making 23K. Regardless of ability and experience, you'll never be able to prove any one teacher is worth $40k more than another.
The range you are referencing is the difference from a teacher who has been in the district for 25 years vs. one who is in her 1st year. There should be come incentive for sticking with one system for that long. Granted, I think the education and learning that is provided in undergrad and post-grad is far superior to that of the same education 25 years ago. There are teachers who have been teaching for 20+ years that just slide by each year going through the motions and there are teachers in their infancy of their teaching career that are some of the best around. Heck, make salary increases similar to that of what students have to go through. Have them all take a test to see if their merit a bump in salary, not just because you have been teaching for as long as you have.
I knew it

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Dec 6, 2012
p.s. 43k is the starting salary for a 1st year teacher. your 23k is that for a secretary. There is a difference.
Howie

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Dec 6, 2012
I knew it wrote:
p.s. 43k is the starting salary for a 1st year teacher. your 23k is that for a secretary. There is a difference.
The point is the same. No teacher is worth 20 grand more than another.
Fiscal Sanity

Alexandria, VA

#11 Dec 6, 2012
Howie wrote:
Will someone reply if they know of salary cuts to the people who work at the administrative level? Are the superintendent and her assistants slashing their pay, taking token cuts, or no cuts at all?
Has there been any talk of amending the entire salary scale, so that increases at the top levels are eliminated? It's crazy to have one teacher making $65k and another making 23K. Regardless of ability and experience, you'll never be able to prove any one teacher is worth $40k more than another.
You will never prove any one teacher is worth $40k period. Most of the ones in Fluvanna are worthless! Time for some deep overdue pay cats to bring some balance after years of annual pay increases!
Fiscal Sanity

Alexandria, VA

#12 Dec 6, 2012
Howie wrote:
<quoted text>The point is the same. No teacher is worth 20 grand more than another.
I'm not sure they are worth 20 grand!
Your Focus is Wrong

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Dec 7, 2012
Okay...So I'm rated Mean Spirited. What part of "Leave the Teachers alone" is mean spirited. If Fluvanna County does not allow businesses to come into the county - you then must spread the increased costs over the entire county tax base (the 300,000 shortfall, unless mistaken is less than 10 dollars a household). The Lake's population were hit with an increase because if you only have 'homes' to base your income...value drops and you have less money coming in - unless you raise the rates. Dispute the effect Wal-mart has had on Louisa County's tax rate.....no increase.

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