No New High School For Fluvanna County Just Yet

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

February 15, 2006

It looks like it's back to the drawing board for Fluvanna County after the Board of Supervisors rejected a controversial plan to build a new high school in a split decision.

It was quite a turnout inside the Fluvanna County courthouse Wednesday night as residents wanted their say on the School Board's proposed Domino Plan.

"I'm up here to say that I ask that you vote for the Domino Plan, because I'm looking past what I want for my child individually and what I want for all children in the county," said a resident.

"My general conclusion is that I'd like to invest our money in a new high school," said another resident.

With the plan, the old high school would be turned into a middle school, and the middle school into a 4th and 5th grade elementary school, along with the renovation of the Abrams Building.

"I think it's the one that's most cost effective and causes the least amount of disruption to the school system, which I think is being a little over looked right now by some parties," said Fluvanna supervisor, Charles Allbaugh.

The cost for the first phase - almost $60 million. Some supervisors say they didn't see the need for a so-called mega school in Fluvanna and that it did not meet the overall plan for the county. Another concern on the board was that with Fluvanna's growth, that the school would not hold enough students in the future.

"The thing that really bothers me with the domino plan as that it only carries you to 1,750 students high school wise. And if you look at that plan somewhere between 2016 and 2020, that high school reaches capacity," said Fluvanna supervisor, Tom Payne.

However some residents believe no matter what the plan or the price, something needs to be done.

"What we need to do is find some flexibility in our positions, so we can move forward and get something done," said one resident.

The School Board will now have to come up with another plan.

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