Facebook furor

Some postings have been read by almost 20,000 people, according to Facebook metrics, an astronomical number by Fluvanna Review standards.

Farquharson has received some support including a posting on the Fluvanna Review webpage by FMS teacher Karen Feathers who wrote that “I feel there is an open door to listening and hearing concerns within the walls of our school and look forward to a positive year as a community at Fluvanna Middle School.”

One anonymous poster wrote “as a parent volunteer who witnessed all that went on, I can assure you most people are WAY overreacting. Yes, she raised her voice, which is unfortunate. If you have ever tried to get hundreds of middle schoolers in any kind of order, you’d realize it’s no easy task. However, don’t believe a lot of what you’re reading – people are fanning the flames and exaggerating like crazy.”

Farquharson has responded to the controversy by sending a voice message using an automated dialing system to reach parents of the middle school students. A transcript of what she said was posted on the paper’s Facebook page. It reads:

Good evening, this is Dr. Farquharson, your child’s principal at Fluvanna Middle School. I am very excited to be a part of Fluvanna County Public Schools. Yesterday (Aug. 12) was the first day of school for our children. A day full of excitement, socializing with friends, talking about expectations and meeting new teachers. After recognizing that the approach I took to establish parameters and expectations was perceived negatively, I spent time today with each grade level . It gave me an opportunity to talk directly with students and “start over.” My goal is to partner with you and make Fluvanna Middle School the best it can be. I look forward to making this happen with your help. Please consider joining me for a Meet and Greet on Thursday, August 15 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the FMS Media Center. If you are unable to attend, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to working with you to make this a great year for Fluvanna Middle School.”

Gena Keller, the school superintendent, has also commented on the controversy, sending an email to the Fluvanna Review yesterday (Aug. 13). It read: “Related to the postings on the Fluvanna Review facebook site, I would like to say: “When there are concerns about any aspect of our school system, we work hard to address them and expedite a response and/or solution to the situation.  We want nothing less than wonderful schools that enable our staff and students to thrive.  As always, I encourage our parents to contact their child’s school, or our office, when there are situations that need our attention.  We are approachable and can certainly assist our parents in being part of the solution.”

The principal and assistant principals of Fluvanna Middle School will hold a “meet and greet” with parents tomorrow (Thursday, August 15), at 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the FMS media center.

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