Fluvanna Review

Flucos on defenseThe game was not pretty, but it was intense. The Fluco girls traveled to Charlottesville High to take on the Black Knights in the Jefferson District semifinal on Monday (Feb. 12). With both teams playing mostly full court press on defense, the game was filled with fouls and turnovers. The Flucos hung in against the number two seed in the District, but ultimately could not keep up with the Black Knights’ pace, falling 39-56.

Sophomore forward Kyia Scott was the story for the Flucos in the first quarter, as she was able to score four baskets inside and convert a free throw for nine points in the quarter. The Flucos led 10-5 midway through the quarter but Charlottesville managed to come back and the quarter ended in a 12-12 tie.

Early in the second quarter, Fluco point guard sophomore Jules Shepherd converted two free throws and Scott moved outside to sink a three-point shot. Senior center Jemika Johnson scored on a rebound and midway through the quarter the score was still tied at 19-19. Unfortunately for the Flucos the Black Knights scored five in the second half of the quarter and the Flucos were held scoreless. As a result, the Black Knights took as 24-19 lead at halftime.

The third quarter started the same way the second quarter ended. In the first four minutes of the quarter the Flucos were scoreless, while the Black Knights managed to make three lay-ups for an 11-point lead at 30-19. Sophomore forward Mya Wright finally broke the drought for the Flucos with a strong drive for a lay-up, but the damage was done. Scott followed with a lay-in, but Charlottesville countered with one of their own. Freshman Destini Monroe sank a three-point shot to cut the lead to seven at 26-33. Scott made one of two from the line and it was a six-point game.

Charlottesville, playing at home and with confidence, was not to be denied. The Black Knights finished the quarter with six straight points on a free throw, a short jump shot and a three-pointer. They took a 12-point led to the fourth quarter. In the first three quarters the most the Flucos scored in a quarter was 12 against Charlottesville’s intense defense. It did not look promising for the Flucos. Add a comment

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BonusNo bonus yet.

At Wednesday’s meeting (Feb. 14) the Fluvanna School Board voted to table the decision on employee bonuses until it presents its fiscal year 2019 budget request to the Board of Supervisors Feb. 21.
That budget request is $40,924,708.

That’s just shy of $1 million more than last year’s budget.

In discussing the bonus, Andrew Pullen (Columbia) suggested it would not look good for the Board to approve $390,000 in bonuses just one week before going to the county asking for almost $1 million more.
Pullen said if they wait, they could get the requested budget amount and still give the bonuses in the spring. “I’m not against giving the bonuses, but let’s have something to negotiate with,” he said.

Superintendent Chuck Winkler said fiscal budgets don’t carry over from year to year.

Winkler recommended a 1.5 percent bonus with no employee getting less than $700.

Brenda Gilliam, executive director of curriculum, instruction and finance, said if the School Board approved the bonus, the checks would be cut Feb. 28.

“This [FY18] budget was built including this [bonus],” she said. “This isn’t new to the Board of Supervisors or to our staff. It greatly worries me about the trust we have with them.”

Chair Perrie Johnson (Fork Union) asked if the money will be available in June. Winkler said yes, but he wouldn’t wait past May to vote on it.

Shirley Stewart (Rivanna) said Pullen had a valid point but she’s concerned about the message to staff. “Staff needs to be remunerated,” Stewart said. “I’d be willing to vote for the bonus sooner rather than later.”

Brenda Pace (Palmyra) said it was important to “make it up” to staff who suffered during the recession. “We haven’t had a lot of opportunities and I don’t know when we’ll get the opportunity again,” Pace said.

Johnson said she was willing to wait until the Board achieved consensus.

Winkler presented his proposed 2018-19 school year calendar which already drew criticism on social media for the number of half days built into it.

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At Pleasant Grove Park, there is room for nature.

A meadow revitalization plan at Pleasant Grove Park, led by volunteer and Master Naturalist Walter Hussy, is an ongoing success story.  Of 950 trees planted around the meadow, only 20 had to be replaced last year.  The original swath of wildflowers and native grasses planted around the meadows to create a pathway for quail has doubled from 20 feet in width to 40.  Evergreen seedlings like pine and cedar that have sprouted in the meadows are being removed by hand.  All of this is done at no cost to the county – the trees and plants and seeds were gotten for free as part of programs through the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries or the Department of Forestry, or a multitude of nonprofits. Hundreds of hours of work is done by volunteers.

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This FlucoFinder column’s goal is to share with the community, information about the schools. Here you will find news of events and activities of public interest, with details and contact information. The FlucoFinder logo was designed by Brendan Murray, a 2013 Fluvanna County High School graduate.
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• Ongoing: Mr. David Small’s TV production group will be producing and taping sporting events at School Board meetings for viewing on Charlottesville public access channel 14 and on Lake Monticello’s channel 977.

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Joe HinesJoseph C. “Joe” Hines has officially qualified to be on the ballot for the Jan. 10 special election for the Virginia Senate.  Hines will focus his efforts on creating jobs and greater economic opportunity throughout the district.

“We need a strong leader who will fight for us,” said Hines, who grew up on a farm in the district. “When people are worrying about paying their bills, we need to focus on creating greater opportunities for them to advance their lives and careers.  With more economic development policy to be determined in the next three years than in recent Virginia history, we have incredible opportunity to bring jobs and prosperity home to our district. I’m committed to being the independent voice this district needs to ensure long-term economic growth.”

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