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Fluvanna schools earn full accreditation four years in a row
Bus request sparks debate

Fluvanna County Public Schools are fully accredited for the fourth year in a row.

That makes the school system one of only 22 in the state that can make the same claim, Superintendent Chuck Winkler told the School Board at its meeting Wednesday (Sept. 13).

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Community gathers to honor Rigsby, remember 9/11

County first responders, officials, and citizens gathered at the Community 9/11 Memorial on Slice Road Monday night (Sept. 11), both to mark the 16th anniversary of the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., and to honor former Lake Monticello firefighter Dakota Rigsby.

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Carolyn Liberto approached the medical staff at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women (FCCW) complaining of chest pains on July 21. The 70 year old had a history of hypertension and congestive heart failure, but the medical staff allegedly told her that her vitals were normal and to return to her cell. During the night, she began to have trouble breathing. She died hours later.

Four days later, 38-year-old Deanna Niece complained of chest pain and shortness of breath so severe she fell to the ground. As with Liberto, she was not referred for evaluation. That night, she went into convulsions and began to vomit blood. An inmate said she “died on the floor” just three weeks shy of release. The coroner ruled cause of death as pulmonary embolism.

Details of the July deaths were among multiple allegations of medical mismanagement included in a 48-page contempt motion filed in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville on Wednesday (Sept. 6).

Lawyers for a group of prisoners say the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) has failed to meet the requirements laid out in a 2016 settlement agreement to improve care at FCCW. That settlement came after years of complaints and a class-action suit arguing that the prison’s medical services were so substandard that they potentially violated prisoners’ Eighth Amendment protection from cruel and unusual punishment.

FCCW “was built with an eye towards having the best medical care, and if this is the best medical care, I’d hate to see what it’s like in all the other prisons,” said Brenda Casteñada, an attorney with the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville.

Instead, the medical facility has become mired in what the contempt filing calls “an institutional culture of indifference,” with inadequate staffing and a lack of leadership at the top translating into substandard care for the prison’s 1,200 inmates. Add a comment

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School Board candidate will not appear on ballot

Linda Staiger’s name won’t be on the ballot for Columbia District School Board, the state electoral board decided Friday (Sept. 8).

Staiger said she will be running as a write-in candidate.

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Supervisors defer Planning Commission appointment

The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday (Sept. 6) deferred the selection of a new member for the county’s Planning Commission after two nominations failed to find support for a vote.

Seven candidates applied for the Rivanna District vacancy.

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