August 9, 2006
In less than a week students in Fluvanna and Louisa Counties will be heading back to school, and teachers are gearing up. Officials from both counties described the coming year with one word: "exciting."
Central Elementary teacher, Sarah Chiles, is putting the finishing touches on her classroom.
"We've been getting the textbooks out, putting them on their desks, putting up bulletin boards, making name tags, making rules charts. All that fun stuff," said the second grade teacher.
It may be a lot of time consuming work, but it’s work that many look forward to.
"It's always exciting, because each year you get a different group of children," said Central Elementary 3rd grade teacher, Lucille Williams.
For the '06-'07 year, between 3,600 to 4,000 kids will be attending Fluvanna County Public Schools. School officials say there are some firsts this time around.
"We have a foreign language program in our elementary schools. We have a new reading specialist at [the] middle school. And at high school one of the things we've done is put a person in to coordinate our distance learning and on-line courses," said superintendent, Dr. Tom Smith.
In Louisa County, educators are also gearing up for their projected 4,500 students.
"When August rolls around I'm ready to go school shopping and I'm ready to get my room ready and I'm excited," said Louisa County High School English teacher, Jennifer Estep. "I get the books ready, I get the desks ready, the chairs. I had to arrange my room the way I wanted it."
"I'm getting my classroom set up and my computer set up and getting things ready for the first day of school, so it's busy," added LCHS science teacher, Dr. Cheryl Weidow.
It may be a bit busier this year, with Louisa County schools starting earlier for the first time.
"It's not even the middle of August yet and students are coming back so I think that's taken some getting used to on our part, teachers and administrators as well. But I think we're ready to go," said superintendent, Dr. David Melton.
Teachers from both counties say their students will be ready to learn.
"They're like little sponges and they want it all. So it's a very exciting time of year," said Chiles.
Fluvanna County school officials said this year they're really focused on becoming a great school system through building on their strengths, and embracing their challenges such as growth. Louisa officials said as always, they will be focusing on student achievement.
Both counties start school on the 14th.