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Changes afoot to how Charlottesville, Albemarle students are ID’d as gifted

Racial disparities in Charlottesville’s and Albemarle County’s gifted education programs have come under intense scrutiny in recent months. Leaders of both school divisions say they are pursuing changes to make the programs more inclusive and fair to all students and perhaps affect statewide policy. While about 12 percent of white students in Albemarle County currently […]

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Months after renaming comments, Cale’s Albemarle schools legacy still unclear

Late in the evening on Oct. 18, the then-chairwoman of the Albemarle County School Board urged her colleagues to make a decision that she said couldn’t wait. After learning about a 1956 article in Commentary magazine that ascribed racist statements to former Albemarle schools Superintendent Paul H. Cale, the namesake of Cale Elementary School, the […]

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Charlottesville School Board to consider three applicants for interim appointment

A former city councilor, an author of a book about early childhood parenting and a former city School Board member have applied for an interim appointment to the Charlottesville School Board. Last week, Charlottesville City Schools received applications from: Ned Michie, an attorney who served on the Charlottesville School Board from 2004-2017 Kristin Szakos, a […]

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Big apartment complex planned for Seminole Square

A vacant grocery store in the Seminole Square shopping center eventually could be replaced by hundreds of new apartments. The Charlottesville Planning Commission on Tuesday gave feedback on design concepts for an apartment complex on the former site of the Giant Food store. Great Eastern Management Co., which manages Seminole Square, has proposed constructing 11 […]

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School Board supportive of living wage proposal

The superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools wants to pay all of the division’s employees a living wage next year. At a School Board budget work session Saturday morning, Rosa Atkins shared a preliminary budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 that would establish a minimum hourly wage of $15 for custodial and nutritional staff and instructional […]

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Haas requests $194.3M for Albemarle schools’ budget

Albemarle County Public Schools superintendent Matt Haas presented the School Board with a $194.3 million budget request Thursday. The plan represents a 4 percent increase from the current school year. With revenues projected to grow by only 3.7 percent, to $193.7 million, the school system is predicting a deficit of $642,975. The requested budget would […]

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Walker students vote on uses for $6,000 grant

Three months ago, the sixth grade at Charlottesville’s Walker Upper Elementary School was presented with an exciting question: How would you use $6,000 to make your school better? On Wednesday evening, Walker held a schoolwide referendum on 15 potential uses that were put forth by the sixth-grade class. A proposal to organize basketball and soccer […]