Fluvanna Review

Lake Monticello Police Chief Thomas BoisvertLake Monticello Owners Association meetings have taken on a different flair under Valerie Palamountain’s leadership.

Palamountain now has each department head reporting to the Board at the monthly meeting and that includes crime statistics from Lake Police Chief Thomas Boisvert.
“I introduced it – asking police, maintenance, and finance to make the reports,” Palamountain said. “(General Manager) CatherIne  Neelley will give reports on the big things. It makes for a more open board.”

Add a comment

Read more...

The Fluvanna County school system couldn’t close out fiscal year 2014 without another $98,000 in supplemental funding from the Board of Supervisors.
Superintendent Gena Keller asked the Board Wednesday night (Oct. 15) to cover the shortage, explaining that the need is partially based on the school system’s switch from a cash basis of accounting to an accrual basis, which is the method the county’s finance department uses. Another reason for the shortage is a reduction in state funding due to Fluvanna’s drop in average daily membership (ADM) – a formula used by the state to determine the amount of money a school system will receive for the year.
After the meeting Keller explained that ultimately losses in revenue, especially in federal money, caused the school system to come up short. The situation could have been much worse, she said – more to the tune of $600,000 – if her staff hadn’t kept an eye on federal and state funding and realized it was likely to be less than anticipated.
“It’s not really a savings, but actually we didn’t spend $500,000 that we were authorized to spend,” Keller said, citing cuts in supplies, professional development, and delayed personnel replacements. “I’m not proud of these [cuts] but we had to cut back.”
Official counts show 69 fewer students enrolled in Fluvanna County Public Schools this year as compared to last year, said School Director of Finance Ed Breslauer.
“We didn’t have this [ADM funding] problem before when we were growing,” Chairperson Mozell Booker noted, “but now that we’re levelling off and these students are leaving…it’s harder.”
Add a comment

Read more...

Sage Garden owners Roberta and John Mann and their golden retriever Tara.The proposal. It’s one of those family stories their now grown children have heard countless times. John and Roberta attended the same high school in New Jersey, but never met until they ran into each other in Colorado several years later. They started dating and discovered how much they had in common. When John felt it was time to pop the big question, Roberta had a question for him.

“Yes, but only if we live on a farm,” she replied. “I’m going back East to be closer to my family, and I’m going to buy a farm. Are you on board?”

Add a comment

Read more...

 Technology teacher Amee Cantagallo, instructing students Caleb Beckley, Addison Parr, Ahmad Woodson, Nathan Lehman, Jake Henderson and Joshua Shiner. Photo courtesy of The Light AcademyA new, private Christian school for children in kindergarten through eighth grade has opened its doors in Fluvanna County.
The Light Academy, located in Centre Court next to the Dogwood Restaurant, currently has 17 students enrolled in its hands-on curriculum.
Joyce Parr, the school’s founder and principal, called the school’s instruction “project-based,” noting that “students feel better when they are up and moving around.”
There’s a place for paper and pencil, she said, “but we want to use strategies for all the learning modalities – visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.” So students who learn best by seeing, hearing, or touching will all have lessons tailored to their needs.
In addition to regular academics, the school offers art, music, French, technology, and weekly swimming sessions at Health Nutz Fitness and Aquatic Center.
The Light Academy is also a homeschool cooperative for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. “We believe in sharing our resources with homeschool parents,” Parr said, “so we offer for them to participate in our enrichment classes. A lot of them drive to town, so we’re just trying to bring some activities out here.”
Add a comment

Read more...

In order to promote all the positives about life in Fluvanna, members of the community have joined with county officials in launching a Market Fluvanna campaign. As a part of this effort, several leaders of non-profit organizations and people-oriented services agreed to answer questions about their county.
Bertha Armstrong, Director of Rural Outreach for MACAA
What is MACAA?

Authorized by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1965, Monticello Area Community Action Agency’s (MACAA) goal is to improve people’s lives by helping them become self-reliant. MACAA achieves this through a variety of programs and skill-development initiatives that serve families and individuals in poverty.
What positives do you see in Fluvanna through your work with MACAA?
Families are able to restore their hopes and spirits by being able to get some relief in crisis situations. We have many resources to offer families. Our resources include rural outreach, which does crisis intervention; Head Start, which promotes early childhood development; Steps to Success, which teaches families financial management; Project Discovery, which promotes academic achievement; Hope House, which provides housing for the homeless or families in danger of homelessness; the emergency food pantry; and thrift shop.
What troubles you about Fluvanna?
Though Fluvanna is a wonderful place to live, I do not feel we have enough economic growth in the county. When our children graduate from high school they have to leave the county for employment. I feel that there is not enough local recreational entertainment for our families. Some of our children or adults never have the opportunity to do things like roller skating or just walking the mall in town. Transportation to local games or to the library is also an issue. But I do feel that the leaders of this county look at the possibility of county growth.
Emily Daidone, Manager of Community Centers and Home Delivered Meal Programs for JABA
What is JABA?

The Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) is committed to promoting, establishing and preserving sustainable communities for healthy aging. We offer a continuum of caring through the provision of programs and services that meet individuals where they are and guide all through the journey of aging with a focus on person-centered care.
Add a comment

Read more...