School Board delays renaming high school auditorium

By Heather Michon

This year’s local elections made an unexpected appearance on the School Board’s agenda at the start of their monthly meeting on Wednesday night (May 10).

The board was slated to discuss and vote on a new name for the Fluvanna County High School auditorium, but the item was struck from the agenda and moved to December.

According to a letter included in the meeting packet, Superintendent Peter Gretz and FCHS Principal Margo Bruce proposed renaming the auditorium after longtime educator Horace Scruggs in October of 2022. 

With current Board of Supervisors Chair Mozell Booker retiring after 16 years as Fork Union representative, Scruggs announced in late April that he would be seeking Booker’s seat. Mike Goad, who currently sits on the Planning Commission, has also announced his candidacy.  

When it came time to approve Wednesday’s agenda, Andrew Pullen (Columbia District) made a motion to move the agenda item to the December meeting, the first meeting following the election. 

“I just don’t like the sequence of events,” he said, arguing that renaming the auditorium now might be seen as improper. “In December, I’m 100 percent behind it, and I think he deserves it,” Pullen added.  

The full meeting lasted just under an hour, and just two items were up for a vote. With Perrie Johnson (Fork Union) absent from the meeting, the motions to approve an annual report on special education and a grant application for migrant education passed on votes of 4-0. 

Director of Curriculum and Instruction Brenda Gilliam said members of the public were invited to review a music theory textbook under consideration for the high school. The book is available for online viewing via a link on the FCPS Facebook page. 

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