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After seven years at the helm of Fluvanna County Public Schools, Superintendent Gena Keller is moving on up.

In January Keller will become the coordinator for professional development for the Virginia Department of Education. She and her family will continue living in their Fluvanna house, she said, because “it’s home.”
The Fluvanna Review sat down with Keller to talk over how she got here, what she accomplished and what she’s looking forward to.

What interested you in taking the job of superintendent in Fluvanna?

The funny thing is I wasn’t interested. I didn’t even know about it until Rosa Atkins, the superintendent in Charlottesville approached me. [At the time Keller was a Charlottesville elementary school principal.] She asked if I ever considered taking on a superintendent job, and I said no. Well, she printed out the application, handed it to me and said, “Seriously consider this because I think you can help this community.”

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They waited until the end of the meeting to announce the biggest news.

The Fluvanna County School Board Wednesday night (Nov. 9) voted unanimously to grant Superintendent Gena Keller’s request for resignation.

As of Jan. 1, Assistant Superintendent Chuck Winkler will become the interim superintendent.

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Volleyball team celebrates a score.The Flying Fluco volleyball team bounced back from a couple of recent 3-1 losses by scoring a decisive 3-0 victory over the Hornets from Orange County High on Sept. 27.

The Flucos won the opening contest by a solid 25-11 margin. The second game was a complete blow-out as the Flucos ran off to a 25-4 victory. Fluco Coach Christie Harlowe-Garrett substituted liberally in the third game, but the Flucos still came out ahead by a 25-21 score. A team has to win three games in high school volleyball to win the match.

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Day of CaringAbout 15 volunteers converged on Carysbrook Elementary School and Fluvanna Middle School on Wednesday (Sept. 21) to help bring the United Way Day of Caring to Fluvanna.

Volunteers painted interior walls, weeded around the schools, and painted games on Carysbrook’s blacktop. “Grateful students are enjoying playing Twister,” said Susan Brown, a teacher at Carysbrook.

“It’s really inspirational that people give when they don’t have to,” said Roxanne Carter-Johnston, Fluvanna County’s volunteer coordinator who oversaw the event.

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Garling SabreySometimes the best leaders are those closest to the issue.

That is the theory behind the Virginia College Advising Corps (VCAC). The VCAC places recent college graduates into high schools to serve as full-time advisers for two years.

While the program serves recent graduates by giving them job experience, the main goal is for the advisers to become mentors who positively affect students.

Moving from high school to college requires dedication and many steps: taking preparatory tests, filling out college and financial-aid applications, and searching for scholarships. Often students get bogged down and stop trying.

That’s where the VCAC mentors come in.

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