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The Flying Fluco boys’ basketball team is under the tutelage of Jason Davis this season. Longtime Coach Munro Rateau has retired, and Davis, his assistant for many years, is now in charge. Rateau had a very successful run, but last year was a down year. Most of the starters last season were seniors, and the top underclassman on last year’s team has transferred out.

So Coach Davis will be fielding a team that is young and fairly inexperienced. The competition will be tough. The team opened its season at home on Nov. 29, hosting a highly regarded Waynesboro squad. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, they will host another powerhouse when they take on Western Albemarle.
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Cross country standouts Haney, Rice and Rodriguez.Tuesday (Nov. 15) was Fall Banquet night at Fluvanna County High School. The athletes who participated in the fall sports season and their parents, grandparents and siblings joined in a buffet dinner in the high school cafeteria.

Scott Morris, high school athletic director, served as master of ceremonies, as usual. After everyone had been served dinner, Morris called the coaches forward to report on their respective teams’ season and to announce the honors received by the team standouts.

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They waited until the end of the meeting to announce the biggest news.

The Fluvanna County School Board Wednesday night (Nov. 9) voted unanimously to grant Superintendent Gena Keller’s request for resignation.

As of Jan. 1, Assistant Superintendent Chuck Winkler will become the interim superintendent.

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After seven years at the helm of Fluvanna County Public Schools, Superintendent Gena Keller is moving on up.

In January Keller will become the coordinator for professional development for the Virginia Department of Education. She and her family will continue living in their Fluvanna house, she said, because “it’s home.”
The Fluvanna Review sat down with Keller to talk over how she got here, what she accomplished and what she’s looking forward to.

What interested you in taking the job of superintendent in Fluvanna?

The funny thing is I wasn’t interested. I didn’t even know about it until Rosa Atkins, the superintendent in Charlottesville approached me. [At the time Keller was a Charlottesville elementary school principal.] She asked if I ever considered taking on a superintendent job, and I said no. Well, she printed out the application, handed it to me and said, “Seriously consider this because I think you can help this community.”

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Volleyball team celebrates a score.The Flying Fluco volleyball team bounced back from a couple of recent 3-1 losses by scoring a decisive 3-0 victory over the Hornets from Orange County High on Sept. 27.

The Flucos won the opening contest by a solid 25-11 margin. The second game was a complete blow-out as the Flucos ran off to a 25-4 victory. Fluco Coach Christie Harlowe-Garrett substituted liberally in the third game, but the Flucos still came out ahead by a 25-21 score. A team has to win three games in high school volleyball to win the match.

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