January 2019

Thanks for reading Fluco Blog! I’m Perrie Johnson, Fork Union’s representative to the Fluvanna County School Board. My goal with Fluco Blog is to let people know what’s going on at School Board meetings beyond the reports available online. Be forewarned, when it comes to discussion, most of the comments I remember turn out to be mine! Here’s the latest…

At the beginning of the January meeting there were nearly half a dozen public comments in support of a vote to approve the Alliance Club request to change the colors of the Fluco F (not generally, just for specific purposes of the club).  All supporters also lamented the leak of the original letter and criticized the School Board’s inquiry into who was responsible.  No speakers came forward against approval of the request until one out of eight during the later round of public comments.

After comments, there was a presentation by Sun Tribe, a solar energy company that wants to put solar panels at all schools, mostly on school roofs.  There would be no capital outlay cost to us, they would own and install the equipment.  Their objective is to produce enough energy to run each building. There’s no sale of excess energy and no battery storage capability.  Our obligation would be a 25 year commitment to pay Sun Tribe for the energy produced at each site, wether the building stays in use or not. The main benefits would be an almost certain savings over our current electric rates and the green effect of switching to solar energy.

The superintendent’s report included a quick reference to getting parents’ input into next year’s calendar. We’ve had a few public comments recently about parents’ unhappiness with the half days.  I told the Board I’ve received considerable  parent feedback almost exclusively against the half days, and I shared my observation that this year we have six and next year’s draft shows nine.  There’ll be a lot more discussion of the calendar soon.

We have a seminar at 8:30 on January 18, mostly to discuss next year’s budget.  The initial salary options we’re looking at are a minimum of a 3% increase for all staff with higher step amounts remaining in place, or a 3% increase plus step for all employees.

Two votes were held near the end of the meeting.  The Fluvanna Leadership Development team’s student interest survey was approved.  It asks very simple questions about students’ interest in youth activities in the county. It’s included in the online info if there’s any concern.

The remaining vote was a holdover from last month when the Alliance Club request resulted in a 2-2 tie when Mr. Pullen was absent.  The distribution of stickers to teachers for display was removed from the request months ago.  Mr. Pullen abstained from voting this month, in favor of creating a written policy first.  Mr. Rittenhouse and Ms. Pace also abstained.  Ms. Stewart and I voted yes, recognizing the precedent already set by allowing at least one other school sanctioned club to change the color of the logo F.  It was confirmed with our attorney (during the meeting, it felt weird) that because of the abstentions, these two votes carried the action and the request was approved.

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2 thoughts on “January 2019

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