School Board

Superintendent Chuck Winkler reported the county has a total of 86 buses, 60 of which are in use on any given day, and 71 cars, trucks and vans. 

Of the buses, 18 are between 15 and 33 years old. Eight are special education buses. 

Regular education buses are driven an average of 82.6 miles per day using $162,140 worth of gas per year. Special education buses are driven an average of 136.75 miles per day.

Most of the cars, trucks and vans are used for pupil transportation. The rest are used for various other reasons by maintenance stuff, car pools, and custodians. Most school buildings have two cars assigned to them except for the high school, which has three, and Central Elementary, which has one.

The cars, trucks and vans drive an average of 36 miles per day and cost an average of $32,897 yearly in fuel.

Rittenhouse said he appreciated the report. “You’ve broken it down well,” he said. “I didn’t want you to go through all that work. I thought you’d go right to the transportation department and they’d have it.”

Gilliam reported a little more than one-third of Fluvanna students are considered economically disadvantaged by federal standards. That comes to about 1,000 students, she said. 

Rittenhouse had asked for how many programs serve those students and at what cost.

The schools get $359,771 from the federal government in Title 1 funding for reading and math support for students in grades K-4.

The school gets just under $100,000 of local money to pay for mentors to work with at-risk students in grades 5-12.

The free and reduced lunch program is funded by the federal government and Fluvanna’s gets about $635,000 yearly.

There are several local non-profits that serve economically disadvantaged students in Fluvanna, including:


  • Upward Bound;
  • Region 10 therapeutic day treatment;
  • Operation Warm; and
  • Field trip scholarships.


Brenda Gilliam, executive director for instruction and finance, announced that the schools have received $37,274 extra for fiscal year 2017, which ended June 30.

One check for $35,000 came in as a corrected reimbursement from the state and the rest was for the schools being overcharged for utilities.

Gilliam said she consulted with Eric Dahl, director of finance for the county, for guidance on what to do with the money and is waiting his reply.

At the beginning of the meeting the Board heard a report about KidsCollege, a summer enrichment program offered by Piedmont Virginia Community College in Fluvanna that served 116 rising first through ninth graders for one week at the high school.

Fluvanna schools contributed $1,005 and the KidsCollege Scholarship Fund contributed $11,320.

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