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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 […]

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Councilors mull school budget challenges as poverty, enrollment grow

Charlottesville schools are facing enrollment numbers that are growing faster than the division’s budget, increasing student poverty rates and the possibility of crowded classrooms, schools staff told the City Council on Thursday. A presentation by the city school division’s budget director, Kim Powell, showed that the division’s budget has grown by 16 percent since 2008, […]

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Poverty, enrollments growing in city schools

Poverty affects minority students in Charlottesville City Schools at more than three times the rate it affects white students, and poverty has grown concurrently with diversity in the division over the last 20 years. In 2015, more than 86 percent of black students in the division and more than 74 percent of other minority students […]

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Public education officials gather to discuss future

The leaders of each of the area’s biggest public education institutions have varied stories about what drew them to careers in education, but all agree that schools and universities must evolve to keep up with rapidly evolving technology. University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan, Piedmont Virginia Community College President Frank Friedman, Charlottesville City Schools Superintendent […]

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CIP request includes $2.4M to refurbish CHS track, field house

The Charlottesville City Schools’ proposed Capital Improvement Program submission for fiscal year 2017-18 includes more than $2.4 million for a new track and a new field house at Charlottesville High School. In a presentation to the city School Board on Thursday evening, Assistant Superintendent Ed Gillaspie presented a CIP request of $1,662,000 for a new, […]