Fluvanna Review

Bill Sullivan of Focus on Fluvanna’s Future (FFF), a grassroots group dedicated to informing Fluvanna citizens about important issues, presented the results of an independent survey of teachers and staff of Fluvanna’s public schools.
The January survey was presented to the Fluvanna County School Board at their regular meeting on Wednesday, March 11. Roughly half of classroom teachers participated in the survey, along with other school staff.
The anonymous, voluntary survey, conducted online using the Fluvanna Education Association’s distribution list to reach Fluvanna’s public school employees, featured seven specific questions.
Of the topics covered in the survey, a particular area of concern seemed to be communication between teachers and staff, and administration – including the School Board itself. “There was a perception that cascaded through a portion of the staff around not feeling comfortable speaking up – either not feeling comfortable, or not feeling that their voice is being heard,” said Sullivan. Conversely, Sullivan pointed out, “Among many members of the administration and School Board there is a feeling that there is openness, and that there is a desire to listen and to respond. I think,” he continued, “that the fact that there is that disconnect right now shows that maybe there are some additional opportunities to address some of those challenges.”
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Troy Weidenheimer with Fluvanna Art Association members who displayed their abstract artwork.Fluvanna Art Association member and art instructor Troy Weidenheimer returned for another workshop, this time to focus on learning to paint more freely.

That’s not an easy thing to do after years of learning how to structure one’s artwork. To do this, members of the association had to move toward abstraction.

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In February Lake Monticello resident Roxanne Carter-Johnston became Fluvanna County’s first-ever community volunteer coordinator. The Fluvanna Review caught up with Carter-Johnston, who is herself a volunteer, to learn more about her new role in the county.
What is your role as the community volunteer coordinator?
I’m responsible for cultivating volunteers from our diverse pool of community members. I’m also charged with identifying needs around the county to create volunteer opportunities. Understanding the challenge that comes with encouraging volunteerism, it’s important for me to take advantage of every moment available to convince individuals and businesses that they can help make a difference.
Why did you decide to go for the job?
I noticed this position last spring or summer and I’d been debating since then whether to step up to the plate. I like volunteering and helping others, and I feel that if there’s a need and I have the ability to fulfill that need then I will do what I can, especially if it’s for a good cause. I used to work in the non-profit world – I loved my role and seeing the impact the organization made on the Charlottesville-area community. When I left I promised myself that I’d continue to give to the community in some way; I saw this position as an additional way to do just that.
What are some goals you have for your tenure in this job?
I’d like to:
• Encourage volunteerism: I’d love for Fluvanna businesses and individuals to understand the importance of volunteering and the positive impact their efforts can make on our community.
• Build/grow our community volunteer database: If my efforts of encouraging volunteerism are successful I feel we will be equally successful in growing our database of volunteers and opportunities.
• Effectively connect volunteers to opportunities: I’d like to “seal the deal” – I want to make sure that the opportunities we have are fulfilled by volunteers. My role is to coordinate and execute, and I feel I’ve done my job effectively when the needed position is filled.

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The Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) has announced that the proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 will be adopted on Dec. 6.

The total expected revenue for 2013 is $5.7 million from dues, fees and amenity use fees. Expected non-capital expenditures are anticipated at $5.5 million. More than $1 million is budgeted for three key funds (roads, lake and general) that will be used for capital improvements to property and buildings, according to a press release from the LMOA.

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Maria Nini, grandson Luca and daughter Claudia Cracchiolo.Sal’s is located in Fork Union and in Scottsville and now at Lake Monticello so fans of the restaurant don’t have to go far for their terrific Italian fare.

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