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Fork Union Motor Lodge will be razed.The vacancy sign at the Fork Union Motor Lodge reads “No” vacancies, even though no one is staying there.

That’s because the owners, Fork Union Military Academy, decided it wouldn’t be fiscally responsible to keep it open, said Rear Admiral Scott Burhoe.

“We were spending more money to operate than we were bringing in,” said Burhoe, the chief officer at FUMA. “We are looking to become more effective business-wise. It was costing us $40,000 to $50,000 more per year than it was bringing in.”

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The new Jacobson HallIn October the Fork Union Military Academy family dedicated the schools newest barracks named Jacobson Hall after benefactors Jerry and Laura Jacobson.

The couple donated $10 million toward the $19 million building that houses 400 upper-school students, said Rear Admiral Scott Burhoe. That gift spurred a building fund.

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Jefferson District football team honoreesFluco Activities Director Scott Morris noted that the Athletic Department was taking a “new approach” when it held a fall sports awards ceremony in the auditorium of the new high school on Nov. 13.

Traditionally, each sports season has ended with an awards “banquet” at which parents, grandparents, siblings and athletes have eaten a very basic buffet meal served by cafeteria staff. Desserts were furnished by parents of the athletes.  This year no meal was provided. The athletes gathered in the auditorium, rather than the cafeteria.  As has always been the case, fall season coaches were called upon to summarize their teams’ season and to announce any All-District or All- Region honors won by their athletes.

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Teacher Jason Barnett spoke about teacher morale.The new high school auditorium felt especially cavernous as the amplified voices of parents and teachers bounced off the walls.

Public comment lasted over an hour and a half, all people offering their voices as to how the Fluvanna County school board could recoup $308,173 of unanticipated expenditures on operating the new high school building.

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The overall theme of the Board of Supervisors meeting Wed. (Nov. 7) seemed to be getting Fluvanna County’s house in order.

The Board heard reports on debt service, obsolete committees, reassessment and county vehicles. Supervisors took action on several issues.

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