Fluvanna Review

The Kenney family: James (3), Sarah (4), Marie (6), Melissa, Shaun, Julie (baby), Shaun, Caroline (8), Jonathan (12), Matthew (10).  Photo by O.T. HolenCiting the desire to spend more time with his family and devote more time to his consulting business, Chairman Shaun Kenney has announced he will not seek a second term on the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors.
A member of the board since 2010, the Columbia District representative said he will step down when his term ends Dec. 31. Kenney has served as board chairman for the past two years.
“I’m not done yet. There’s still work to be done, and I will continue to act on my conscience and do my best for Fluvanna County, but I didn’t come here to forge a political career,” explained Kenney. “I came to Fluvanna to work 10 acres and raise a family. My first vocation is that of a husband and my second vocation is that of a father.”
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Cheryl Potter and her daughters Kessler and Annika, and  Bridgette Madison and her daughter Ashley.   Photo by  Kristin SanckenThe parents of Cunningham and Columbia Elementary School students were disappointed by the school board’s vote last month to close their small, rural schools. A small group of them aren’t going to let that vote be the final word.
“I know [the school board] didn’t have much choice. We’re going to continue to fight in whatever way we can come up with,” said Bridgette Madison, parent of three children who have gone through Columbia Elementary School.
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The county’s five constitutional officers presented their FY14 budgets to the Board of Supervisors Wednesday night (March 13), some citing the need for more money because of outdated equipment, underpaid staff or not enough staff. While supervisors asked questions, they largely spent their time listening rather than debating. Eyebrows raised as clerk to the circuit court, B. E. Peterson, described increases in demand for several county services, such as concealed handgun permits, restitution payments, and passport applications. Supervisor Bob Ullenbruch commented drily that it was “good to see marriage licenses increasing – and with it, concealed handgun permits!”

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Second grade teacher Liz Barnett was speechless when the Fluvanna County School Board unanimously voted Wednesday (March 13) to split Central Elementary School into two schools – Central Elementary for first and second grade and West Central Primary for Preschool and Kindergarten.
“I’m kind of sitting over here trying to not have a heart attack,” said Barnett. “I’m trying not to get worked up, but I’m thinking that everyone thinks that this is a really good thing, but I’m really worried about our elementary schools.”

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Pat Groot, grants administrator, made her presentation on the Haden House. Photo by Page H. GiffordPleasant Grove, tourism and recreation were the topics of a town meeting Monday at the Fluvanna County Public Library. The town meeting was the second in a series of town meetings to explain to the public the current and future ideas for Pleasant Grove, recreation and tourism and ask for suggestions.
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