August 15, 2005
Back to the books, one school at a time, and today marked the end of summer for students in Fluvanna County.
A familiar sight once again in Fluvanna County Monday morning as students start day 1 of the '05-'06 academic year. Principal Thomas Patrick at Central Elementary is glad.
“It’s great to have all my students and staff and parents back," he said.
Fluvanna started classes one week earlier than surrounding counties. Patrick says it works better this way for students.
"The goal behind that is to finish first semester prior to Christmas break for exam purposes in some of the upper grades," he explained.
At Fluvanna County High School, students filed inside the building with backpacks and notebooks. This year, even more special for those who will soon be moving on.
"I'm kind of, a little shocked cause I can't believe I'm a senior," said Brittany Burruss.
However, the beginning of high school also proves exciting. In some cases, not only for students but parents as well.
"[It was] wonderful," said parent Bridgette Proctor. "He's my first one, I mean my oldest child and he's in high school. He's finally growing up."
Like parents and students, Principal Patrick is also looking forward to the school year and making sure that what happened at Central last term, when two students brought weapons to school - won't happen again.
"We've expanded our video monitoring system, we now have cameras on the exterior of the building that can pan and zoom and go wide angle," Patrick said.
Fluvanna school officials are also hopeful the rest of the school year will run as smoothly as today.
Albemarle and Charlottesville schools start next Monday.