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When Shaun Kenney was running for the Board of Supervisors in 2009, his first letter to the electorate stated “…our government should be transparent and open. There is no tolerable excuse for anything less, and we should demand of our elected officials much more than we’ve received….” Let us therefore examine what has happened to that pledge and to Fluvanna’s government since Mr. Kenney took office.

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As one of the many retired, living in Fluvanna, without any children occupying the schools and recreational facilities, which are funded by most of my taxes, my views are probably different, than all of these activist parental groups, desiring more funding for Fluvanna schools and school programs. In my mind, a quality education comes from the capabilities of the teachers to communicate with the students. Tandem School, in Charlottesville, has a reputation for quality teaching, and their buildings and grounds are shabby, when compared to Fluvanna. If pay is a criteria, last week’s Review indicated that Fluvanna is third, in this regional area, in teacher compensation. I’m not a believer in either compensation or facilities as the end all for a quality education.

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I love surveys. I’ve taken a number of graduate classes on research methods and surveys are at the top of my list to get at the heart of a question. A well constructed and executed survey can provide a great deal of information; just as a poorly constructed survey or a poorly executed survey provides no real information. Add a comment

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The number of Fluvanna registered voters who cast a ballot for county supervisor last November totaled 14 percent – a mere 2,320 out of 16,759. If only 54 people had voted differently we would not have the splintered community we have now.  Instead of ideologues that see quality education as an extravagance we would continue to have leadership that takes pride in our state-of-the-art high school and our dedicated and highly competent teachers and administrators.  We would have paid a little bit more in property taxes, and perhaps at the same time attracted more residents and businesses to our community because the quality of education is always a top consideration when making location decisions.

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The Kids’ Fishing Day at Lake Monticello on Saturday (May 9) was a great success. We had 44 young people age 12 and under compete for prizes in a total of four age categories within girls and boys brackets. Thanks to the volunteers who helped the young anglers with everything from registration to baiting hooks and weighing their catches. Special thanks go to the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association staff for providing assistance with facilities. Lake Monticello Community funded the event. The good folks at Fluvanna Hardware provided the bait. Prizes were donated by The Dogwood and Bistro Restaurants. Everyone enjoyed the pizza from Papa John’s.

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