Fluvanna Review

Fork Union Depot. Photo by Sally Browning.In the early 1900s, a bit of sophistication came to Fluvanna County. The glamorous-sounding Virginia Airline Railway, headed by a hype man called “Captain,” connected the county to such exotic places as Chicago, New York and Charlottesville. Add a comment

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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.”
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 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.”
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Comedian Sid Davis will perform in Fluvanna on Oct. 20.The Fluvanna Arts Council’s 14th season is moving in a new direction, bringing in more local talent, some familiar favorites and some newcomers and lower ticket prices. Kicking off the 2012-2013 season on Oct. 20 is comedian Sid Davis from North Carolina. Davis’ act is described as family-friendly fun and invigorating. Davis pokes fun at everyday events and keeps audiences rolling with laughter. Add a comment

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It was opening day at the Fluvanna Farmers Market on April 3. Once again the people of Fluvanna can buy truly locally grown fresh produce where the person they meet is the person who grew it. 
We are pretty strict about that. Co- manager Jutta Glasscock visits farms to be sure, if they say they grew it, they did!  We are unique among markets and CSA’s – where sometimes produce is purchased regionally for resale.

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