altFluvanna public schools volunteers effect change in some surprising ways.

It is a given they help students and teachers. But do they affect the budget?

Lissa Gooch is a retired Fluvanna teacher and the volunteer coordinator for the schools.

“We have 124 volunteers working in our schools (that’s a total of all four schools) who come in on a regular basis,” Gooch said.

During the six months from August to January, volunteers worked 2,450 hours, Gooch said.

The most recent calculation for what an hour of volunteer time is worth is $23.56, according to the Independent Sector. Multiplying that number by the 2,450 hours worked in the first half of this school year shows volunteers added $57,722 worth of value to the Fluvanna public schools.
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Fluco girls basketballThe Conference 29 year-end tournament started Monday, Feb. 13. The fourth-seeded Flying Flucos girls’ team hosted the fifth-seeded Indians from Fort Defiance High.In an extremely tight defensive struggle, a number of Fluco freshmen came up big in the final minutes.

With 2:44 remaining, Fort Defiance hit one of two from the foul line to take a lead of 35-34. The Flucos have a very young team with freshmen in a number of key positions.  With no postseason experience under their belts, this young a team might be expected fold in this situation. However, Coach Chad White’s squad stepped up and won the final minutes 6-1 for its four-point win. Add a comment


Girl's basketballThe Charlottesville Black Knights rode into town with a 17-2 record and a decisive win over Fluvanna earlier in the year under their belt. They may have expected to coast to another easy win, but they would have been wrong. The Fluco girls under Coach Chad White have been getting better and better as the year has progressed. The Black Knights were fortunate on Tuesday (Jan. 31) to eke out a four point win with a score of 56-52.

Charlottesville opened the game strong with a couple of three-point shots and several inside lay-ups. The Black Knights led early by nine points at 14-5. Late in the quarter, Fluco senior guard Chaniya Brown drained a three-point shot and freshman guard Nevaeh Ivory scored on a rebound to reduce Charlottesville’s lead to five at the end of the quarter. The Flucos also had a basket in the quarter by junior center Jemika Johnson on a clever feed from freshman guard Jules Shepherd, and a short jump shot by freshman forward Mya Wright. Add a comment


Only one person showed up at the Fluvanna School Board meeting Wednesday (Feb. 1) to weigh in on the superintendent search.

The Board held a meeting at 5:30 p.m. to talk about the fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget proposal and dedicated time at 7 p.m. to hear from the community about what it wants in a new superintendent.

Gena Keller, who was Fluvanna’s superintendent for seven years, began working in January for the Virginia Department of Education.

Then-assistant superintendent Chuck Winkler stepped up to fill the job in the interim. Winkler made it clear he wants the job permanently.

The Board has until July 1 to decide and said it wants input from the public.

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Girls varsityBoth the Fluco girls’ basketball team and its opponents, the Western Albemarle Warriors, came into the game on Jan. 17 with records of 10-5, according to MaxPreps, a sports scoring website. The Flucos were not intimidated by the fact that the Warriors topped them earlier in the season by a wide margin. Instead they came out strong and grabbed a 12-4 lead after one quarter and led virtually the entire game, winning 38-32. Senior guard Chaniya Brown led the way with 16 points. Add a comment