Fluvanna School Boards Look Over Domino Plan Again

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

March 8, 2006

The Fluvanna County School Board is set to look over the Domino Plan again in their meeting Wednesday night. It's the first one since the Board of Supervisors rejected their multi-million dollar plan to build a new high school.

The Fluvanna County School Board will hear information Wednesday night addressing concerns that some members of the Board of Supervisors had with the Domino Plan. It's then up to the school board to decide which direction to take.

This comes just three weeks after the board of supervisors struck down the proposal in a three to three vote.

”We understand that they had some further questions and some further information that they would like to see from the board, and so we're at the point of presenting that information to our [school] board tonight," said Fluvanna school superintendent, Dr. Tom Smith.

Some of the issues last month included whether the high school will hold enough students by 2020 and if the facility would offer vocational courses.

Fluvanna's school board chair says he understands some of the uneasiness.

"One of my biggest concerns is when you move into a brand new school or a new addition within a year or so you've almost outgrown it. So I personally don't have any problem with...at least putting in core facilities for more students," said John Gooch, Fluvanna School Board Chair.

The almost $60 million Domino Plan involves building a new high school, moving the middle school into the current high school, and turning the middle school into a 4th and 5th grade elementary school. It would be the most expensive project in Fluvanna's history. However it's one Gooch says he wants to stick with.

"I think for the most part right now we're just looking at trying to see if we can't take the existing Domino Plan and make it fit some of those requests," he said.

School officials are hoping that they can make the plan work for everyone fairly soon.

“We do need to move forward in one way or another. We need to build something," said Dr. Smith.

Now if the school board is satisfied with the information presented, they may decide tonight to give the green light once again to the Domino Plan, with some possible changes. It will then go before the board of supervisors once again.

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