August 14, 2006
After months of vacation, the start of a new school year has arrived for some local students, and earlier than last year. Fluvanna and Louisa counties will be the first ones heading back to school, starting on August 14th.
Some parents will be dropping off their kids for the first time, while others will be handing their keys off to their teenagers for the first time.
This is the first time Louisa County's schools will start this early, but Fluvanna County officials have done this before. They said it works better because high school exams for the first semester will be before winter vacation.
Fluvanna county will also have many firsts this year. It will have a foreign language program in elementary schools, a new reading specialist in middle school, and a high school coordinator for online courses.
Superintendents from both schools said they are very excited about the start of the new year.
"The keys for us are the same that they have been, and that is to bring the passion that we have to teaching, the commitment to our children, and the vision that all children are going to succeed in Fluvanna County," explained Dr. Tom Smith, Fluvanna Superintendent .
Both school districts are seeing record numbers of students this year. Fluvanna county continues it's steady rise of 100 new students to make the total 3,700. In Louisa they will be about 200 new students to reach almost 4,500 this year.