“The instability is what’s really so difficult to navigate,” said a Charlottesville mother of a non-binary child. “How much danger are we going to be in? How much are our lives about to change?”
About 30% of the county’s students aren’t white, but the school board has been all white since 2014.
Sarah Harris is raising money to donate period products to Albemarle County Public Schools.
“A lot of parents are freaking out right now,” said Noelle Dwyer.
Albemarle went all online with applications for no-cost preschool — and not enough people applied.
Charlottesville City Council will apply for funding. It has budgeted to rebuild Buford Middle School but hasn’t yet budgeted for the overhaul of Walker Elementary.
As of May, only 67 students were enrolled in CCS Virtual, Katina Otey, the district’s chief academic officer, said. The number of students interested in continuing online next year is lower still — only 15.
Seventh-grader Christopher Early, who marched with classmates Friday, said he is afraid. As a Black kid, the shootings left him worried about the chances of a similar tragedy happening again, possibly to him.
The School Board now has until August to decide if it will allow the new union to operate.
It’s possible to fund the school renovations without raising taxes — but that could mean postponing things like sidewalk repairs, road paving, and new affordable housing projects.