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.
Teachers and even principals are pitching in to fill the gaps. Schools have also changed the requirements for substitute teachers, increased pay and are looking to increase hiring.
“You can’t invest in housing without also investing in schools,” said Shymora Cooper. “The same kids that need housing are the same kids that are going to the schools that need the money.”
Elsa Coffey, a freshman at CHS, noticed some students who stopped wearing their masks on March 1, but quickly went back to masking when they realized they were in the minority.
Charlottesville City Schools superintendent told community members that while positive cases have been declining in recent weeks, community transmission is still classified as high in the district.