June 10, 2018
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 ...
February 16, 2017
Albemarle County School Board candidate Julian Waters has a front-row seat to local education issues. He attends Western Albemarle High School. As a minor— Waters turns 18 in September — he also has to rely on friends and family to legally collect the 125 petition signatures that will put him on ...
September 12, 2016
Returning to her old middle school Monday afternoon, Charlottesville High sophomore Jasmine McCray had a brief opportunity to school senior Department of Education officials in engineering — a discipline she said she had no interest in just three years ago. U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. and several ...
April 14, 2016
Gov. Terry McAuliffe used the Paramount Theater stage Thursday to sign into a law a bill designed to protect the intellectual property rights of student entrepreneurs. McAuliffe signed the bill as the marquee moment of the Tom Tom Founders Festival’s Youth Summit, an all-day event for area high-schoolers. House ...
April 13, 2016
Walking through a mass of middle- and high-school students dishing out high fives, shaking his short dreadlocks and rapping, “We can change the way people act … Let’s scream and shout that we want peace,” Emmanuel Jal looks like he was born with a mic in his hand. That could ...
April 08, 2016
A group of Albemarle County Public Schools students are gearing up for a global robotics competition at the end of April after beating older students in a regional competition in March to advance to the world stage. Eight seventh-grade students at Henley Middle School make up the local team that ...
April 04, 2016
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 ...
February 29, 2016
Despite a sunnier budget picture this year, Albemarle County Schools officials warned Monday that the division faces dire challenges over the next five years in the form of buildings that are out dated and over capacity. Inside five years, more than half of Albemarle public school students will be in ...
February 26, 2016
Head Start students at Greer Elementary will be bused to Broadus Wood next year and some Albemarle High School students will be housed in a modular unit, as the county school division fights to find extra capacity at overcrowded schools. County schools COO Dean Tistadt and Rosalyn Schmitt, assistant director ...
February 18, 2016
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 ...
February 12, 2016
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 ...
February 10, 2016
Albemarle County Public Schools expects its spending to grow by $7 million next year, leaving a $1.5 million funding gap. The budget request is a 4.2-percent increase over the current budget. The county School Board on Tuesday voted 6-0, with Jason Buyaki abstaining, to approve the $174,163 ...
February 04, 2016
All members of the public who spoke at an Albemarle County School Board public hearing Thursday night — teachers, principals and parents — showed support for the full funding request for the coming fiscal year as outlined by the superintendent in January. The budget request asks for additional funding for compensation, rising ...
February 03, 2016
Visiting the library of Woodbrook Elementary School, Dr. Pamela Moran, superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, was in her element. A group of third-graders were busy showcasing their reading skills for a pair of small collies, therapy dogs provided by the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. The students rested on pillows or sprawled ...
July 14, 2013
Excited chatter emanated from the darkened classroom. The overhead lights were off, but about 20 laptop screens cast a glow over eager faces. “I’m stuck in a room,” exclaimed Will Acgtblu, a rising third-grader at Stony Point Elementary School, gesturing to another boy. Will had built himself into a ...
July 13, 2013
In what may come as little surprise to Albemarle’s growing population, the county School Board has decided to move plans for a new high school into the school division’s five-year capital improvement plan. What may raise eyebrows, county officials said Friday, is the school’s design. Heralded as ...
June 30, 2013
When current Albemarle High School administrator Rick Vrhovac was named Walton Middle School’s new assistant principal last week, school and county staff heralded the appointment as a step in the right direction for the troubled southern Albemarle school. But experts say it’s going to take more than a ...
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