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Chuck WinklerSuperintendent Chuck Winkler was forthright with the Fluvanna County School Board at the Board’s seminar Wednesday morning (July 26).

“We are failing our students in special education,” Winkler said. “We are fully accredited. We should be proud of that. Are we fully staffed in special education? As far as the regulations are concerned, yes. As far as the needs of our students? No.“

Brenda Gilliam, executive director of instruction and finance, showed the Board preliminary Standards of Learning (SOL) results that show all Fluvanna schools will be fully accredited.

However, when it came to federal monitoring of the SOLs, in which students are broken down into groups by race, disabilities, economic disadvantage and English as a second language, the picture isn’t as rosy.

Consistently throughout grade levels, disadvantaged and disabled students don’t hit federal benchmarks. Add a comment

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Meredith Locascio and Lauren ReedWhile students don’t start school until Aug. 9, 30 new teachers and instructional assistants came to the middle school Thursday (July 27) to get a head start.

Superintendent Chuck Winkler greeted them, as did School Board Chair Carol Carr and Board member Perrie Johnson.

The group spent the day getting acquainted with each other, the administrative staff and building principals.

Here is a snapshot of most of the new teachers:

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It may come as a surprise that people other than parents read the list of A and B students printed in the paper.

But as Lake Monticello resident Jack Byers looked at the latest list, he noticed something he questioned.

“There are an extraordinarily high number of students getting As,” Byers said. “By my count, one grade level had a third of the class with all As. Either we’ve got a bunch of geniuses or something’s amiss.”

Brenda Gilliam, executive director in charge of curriculum instruction and finance, said the Fluvanna school system doesn’t examine how many students have top grades.

“We do not analyze data relative to grade distributions and the percentage of students earning honor roll or straight As,” Gilliam wrote in an email.

Byers wondered what constitutes an A in Fluvanna schools. He is familiar with Fairfax schools where his children and grandchildren attended. Add a comment

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If your address is not listed, use the time closest to your residence. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to the scheduled time.

THIS LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED AS OF 08-03-17

Central Elementary
​West Central Primary

Columbia – Bus 4
Driver: Bill Blackford

6:40 am - Old Rectory
6:42 am - 1060 E. River Rd.
6:43 am - 1120 E. River Rd.
6:44 am - 603 Gravel Hill Rd.
6:45 am - 325 Gravel Hill Rd
6:49 am - 1859 E. River Rd
6:51 am - 1110 Bryants Ford Rd.             
6:52 am - Bryants Ford Rd / Rivanna Woods Dr.
6:58 am - St. James / Washington St.
6:59 am - St. James / Tammany St.
7:01 am - Old Columbia Rd / Saint Patrick St.
7:11 am - 1401 Stage Junction Rd.
7:12 am - Colemans Ln. cul-de-sac
7:14 am - 3915 Stage Junction Rd.
7:15 am - 4107 Stage Junction Rd.
7:16 am - 4855 Stage Junction Rd.
7:17 am – Shannon Hill / Greenwood Cir.
7:23 am - Wilmington Rd / Hells Bend Rd.
7:25 am – Rivanna Mills / Hells Bend Rd.
7:28 am - Wilmington / Green Shadow Ln.
7:30 am - Courthouse Rd / Wilmington Rd.
7:35 am-  397 Carysbrook Rd.

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Dunbar students Nearly 60 years after it closed, class was back in session at the Dunbar Rosenwald School, if just for a day. A team of engineers from Northrup Grumman in Charlottesville were on hand to introduce a group of about 20 local kids to the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and the fun of a career devoted to making cool things.

The event was organized by Carmen Smith, a 28-year veteran of Northrup Grumman’s engineering department and the force behind the revitalization of the Dunbar School. Along with her husband, Stanley, she’s spent the better part of three years bringing the building back to life.

Dunbar is one of six Rosenwald schools in Fluvanna County. Julius Rosenwald, co-owner of Sears, Roebuck & Company, established the philanthropic Rosenwald Fund in 1917 “for the wellbeing of mankind.” In an unusual move for the era, he included African Americans in his vision of wellbeing. Beginning in the 1920s, the fund contributed over $4 million in matching funds to spur the construction of around 5,000 schoolhouses, most of them in the segregated South.

Fluvanna’s Dunbar, Hollywood, West Bottom, Douglas, Shiloh, and Fork Church were all built between 1923-1934 at a cost of  $14,300 (equivalent to approximately $200,000 in modern terms), with the expenses split between the Rosenwald Fund, the county, and the local African American community. Some of the schools have gone by more than one name.

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