Fluvanna Review

The Aqua Virginia deal is one step closer to becoming a reality in Fluvanna County.
Wednesday night (Sept. 18), supervisors narrowly voted to move forward with Aqua Virginia’s proposal to bring up to 500,000 gallons per day (GPD) of treated water to the Zion Crossroads area. But first came copious amounts of discussion, a lengthy public hearing and a display of temper.
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Fluvanna schools announced Friday (Sept. 20) that the state fully accredited its elementary schools and high school.
School Superintendent Gena Keller said staff and students worked hard to reach that milestone.
Fluvanna Middle School just missed the benchmark, with a score of 69. To achieve full accreditation, schools had to have a score of 70.
West Central Primary did not get a score because it is a new school, formed when Cunningham and Columbia primary schools closed in May.
“I am pleased with the work our staff has done to help address areas of concern,” Keller said. “They continue to refine their classroom instruction to meet the needs of all our students. With a continued focus on providing each child with a quality education, I’m sure we will surpass these benchmarks.”
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Despite the water talk that dominated much of the Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 4), supervisors found plenty of time to attend to many county matters.
Residents of Fluvanna can recall the shock of the 2007 assessment, when their home values skyrocketed.
Even as the economy faltered and home sale prices fell, the high assessments stood where they were for six years. In fact, in 2012, the average home was assessed for 129 percent of its actual sale price. The reassessment that took effect in 2013 reflected this drop in the market, though many residents felt the bite of their home values declining by an average of almost 30 percent.
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Garden sculptureKids love to play in the dirt and Nancy Beum’s six special education students are no exception. With a lot of help from Fluvanna Master Gardeners and donations from Ground Effects, their garden at Carysbrook Elementary is coming along.

“The children learn about the growth cycle of plants, what is involved to grow their own vegetables and plants and that they can even sell them to make some money,” Beum said.
Every Tuesday morning the children don boots and grab garden tools to work alongside Master Gardener volunteers. Most recently the students shoveled topsoil donated by Ground Effects into two new raised beds.

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The Lake Monticello Owners’ Association unanimously approved a resolution asking Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors to suspend a vote on any water resolution until many questions are answered and made available to county residents as soon as possible.

As Board member Charles Harrelson said, “Basically we’re asking them to come up with better proposals because these stink.” Add a comment

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