Fluvanna County Schools Hold Town Hall Meeting

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

May 25, 2005

Fluvanna County school officials made another effort to allow parents of their students to comment on recent weapons found in school.

The opportunity was made during a town hall style meeting. Parents, teachers, and students attended in an effort to make the entire school community safer.

Following the recent event at an elementary school where two guns and a knife were found, Fluvanna County parents and students have been concerned. In an effort to calm the situation and to educate everyone involved, school officials have opened the lines of communication.

"This is great. We are very excited that lines of communication are being opened with public forums. This is wonderful," said Debra Kurrie, a parent of Fluvanna County school student.

The county's sheriff was also in attendance. During the meeting he reinforced the school system's mission of keeping its students safe.

More than 30 parents listened as administrators laid their standard operating procedures on the table. Once informed, they were able to ask questions. Questions ranged from procedures of notifying parents when there's a problem in schools, resolving the problem, and keeping the children safe in and out of school. School leaders acknowledged the concerns, and answered appropriately, but added they make every effort to keep everything under control by making hard corps decisions including when and how to notify parents when there's a threat to a child's safety.

While tough decisions are being made as needed, some parents say it makes them nervous not to hear when something occurs.

"I'd love to see more public forums involving all the participants, and all players in making the community what it is," added Kurrie.

Though not many parents were at the meeting, school officials believe it made a difference. Last week, over 100 parents attended a similar meeting at Central Elementary school, the very school where the weapons were found.

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