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As confused parents and students tried to navigate the new 330,000-square-foot high school during the back-to-school open house on Wednesday (Aug. 8), gripping maps and wandering aimlessly down hallways to find homerooms – three students in particular stood agape.

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Fluvanna County parents had mixed feelings about the success of the new bus schedules on the first day of school. Many were upset about inconsistencies in pickup and drop-off times, while others were pleased with its execution.

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Will ShawThe Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers publically recognized the Fluvanna County School Board for being one of only 24 school districts in the Commonwealth for being “home school friendly.”

“We consider them one of the good guys,” said Will Shaw, retired cofounder of the organization and resident of Zion Crossroads at the regular school board meeting Wednesday night (Aug. 8). “The [school] board recognizes that [homeschoolers are] part of the community and we’re taxpayers.”

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Students wait in line to change their class schedule. Just six days before the new Fluvanna County High School was slated to receive its first students on Aug. 13, Principal James Barlow stood in an entry hallway, studying his notes, and rubbing his forehead.

“We’re short on desks and chairs,” said Barlow. “We’re making do with old desks and chairs until the new ones come in September. Students will have a place to sit.”

 

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Gena KellerGena Keller’s first two years as Fluvanna County Public Schools superintendent have been a trial by fire. With million dollar budget cuts, a new but controversial high school opening, an impending double audit, and federal and state education legislation changing each year – every day presents a new challenge. She speaks cautiously, yet optimistically about the school year ahead.

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