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Families left out of Albemarle pre-K program

Next year, about 90 of Albemarle County’s neediest 4-year-olds will enter kindergarten without any preschool experience because their families were stuck on a waiting list. Pre-K experts say children who aren’t school-ready are less likely to complete high school and are also likely to cost school divisions more money in intervention and remediation than students […]

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Charlottesville moves to buy property for school relocation

Some Charlottesville City Schools students might be attending class in a different location in the near future. On Monday, the Charlottesville City Council voted to spend $595,000 on a move that would relocate the Henry Avenue Learning Center—the division’s alternative school for 6th through 12th graders—to the Hope Community Center, located at 341 11th Street. […]

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CIP, lack of control at heart of Supervisors’ one-time money decision

No additional funds will find their way into Albemarle County Public Schools’ FY15 budget. During a Wednesday discussion in which the school division asked local government for one-time money, the Albemarle Board of Supervisors voted three times against the request. “This would have been helpful, we’ve got some things that are pretty important for the […]

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Albemarle seeks shift in state funding for schools & other schools news

Legislation to change the state funding formula for Charlottesville and Albemarle’s education budgets has been introduced again before the General Assembly in Richmond. The proposed budget amendment, known as the “Bell Amendment” and named after its patron, local Republican Delegate Rob Bell, would take the two communities’ 1982 revenue sharing agreement into account when calculating […]

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Yancey Workgroup recommends public-private partnerships

A year after elected officials charged a citizen work group to find additional uses for the chronically under-enrolled Yancey Elementary School, the group has proposed transforming the Esmont school into an “intergenerational learning center.” On Thursday, the Yancey Workgroup recommended that the school building play home to a host of public-private partnerships to deliver increased […]

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Yancey Workgroup recommends public-private partnerships

A group of southern Albemarle citizens wants to transform Yancey Elementary School into an “intergenerational learning center.” In December 2012, due to low enrollment at the Esmont school, both the Albemarle School Board and Board of Supervisors charged the Yancey Workgroup with finding additional uses for the building. On Thursday, the group recommended that the […]

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County School Board candidates discuss priorities at forum

The three candidates who are running for the Albemarle County School Board are focused firmly on the future.  At a candidate forum at Greer Elementary Wednesday, incumbents Pam Moynihan and Eric Strucko, and first-time candidate Kate Acuff, presented their views on technology’s role in instruction, upcoming budget priorities, and merit-based pay for teachers. “Lifelong learning […]

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Albemarle School Board sets budget priorities

The initial steps of the Albemarle County Public Schools budgeting process have begun. Last week, during a strategic budget planning session, the Albemarle County School Board directed staff to focus on modernizing education through professional development and enhancing learning spaces. Assistant Superintendent Billy Haun said Albemarle is still reeling from past professional development cuts—which saw […]

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Details shared on future Northside Library

County Staff and Architects working on the new Northside Library and Storage Facility presented to the Albemarle Planning Commission Tuesday night. Their presentation included new detailed renderings of the interior floor plan and exterior views of the future building. As of Tuesday’s meeting, the project schedule aims to break ground by February 2014 and complete […]