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Four-year renovation of historic daycare nears completion

After facing the possibility of closure in 2013, big changes are nearing completion at the historic Barrett Early Learning Center.  Formerly known as the Janie Porter Barrett Day Nursery, Barrett is the longest-operating preschool in Virginia. It was founded in 1935 with federal funding from the Works Progress Administration. The program moved to its current […]

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Students from sister city visit CATEC for lessons in culture, cars

Zak Taylor, a student in the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center’s automotive program, doesn’t speak any French. Adrien, a student in the motorcycle mechanic program at Lycée Henri Fertet near Besançon, France, is still adjusting to spoken English. Put the two side-by-side under the hood of a Chevrolet pickup, and the language barrier evaporates. Automotive […]

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County seeks funding plan for more K-5 seats

As students at Greer Elementary attend programs convened in hallways and Albemarle High School prepares to install an eight-classroom mobile unit to alleviate overcrowding, county and schools officials are scrambling to find money for permanent fixes. Albemarle supervisors voted recently to borrow $1 million to begin design work of an addition to Woodbrook Elementary, which […]

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Localities receive grant for 25 more pre-K seats

  Charlottesville and Albemarle County will be able to place 25 additional 4-year-olds in preschool programs this month thanks to $180,000 in grants from the Virginia Preschool Initiative. The children will be placed either in a program run by the Jefferson Area Board for Aging or by Foundations Childhood Development Center, said Erika Viccellio, executive […]

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Design approved for Red Hill Elementary modernization

Renovations to Red Hill Elementary School got one step closer to reality Thursday as the Albemarle County School Board unanimously approved the project design. Planned renovations at the 163-student school would modernize and provide new furnishings for 13 classrooms and the library and add a new security entrance for visitors, county documents showed. The school […]