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Fluvanna Parents Petition Supervisors for School Funding

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Fluvanna County Schools are once again working with a thin budget. Now, parents are stepping in to help ensure the schools receive funds to meet their basic needs.

The Board of Supervisors has already decided to close two elementary schools to help balance the budget. Next week, the superintendent plans to ask the Board of Supervisors for additional funds. 

Now, the grassroots group Focus on Fluvanna's Future is working to help convince them to provide that money.

"They're cutting 33 teachers. They're turning our school district into an anorexic school district; we can't do more with less," said Dorene Russo, president of the parents' group at Carisbrooke Elementary School.

A basketball fundraiser held Friday night was another attempt to help schools get back on their feet. 

"Lots of parents out here having a great time, supporting the kids and the school system, raising money for the kids to get a better education," said parent Michael Brown.

But even attempts to raise money aren't enough to fill a possible $1.8 million shortfall if the Board of Supervisors doesn't fully fund the schools. Parents say it's crucial the supervisors approve the superintendent's $14 million request.

"Sometimes you have to invest in order to save money and investing in the children of Fluvanna County is not a waste," said parent Gina Proulx.

There is a petition asking supervisors to meet the school's needs. With 600 signatures already, parents were at Friday's game hoping to recruit more supporters.

"There's a big meeting next week on Wednesday where the superintendent presents her budget and we're here to make sure the Board of Supervisors takes them seriously," said Bill Sullivan, with Focus on Fluvanna's Future.

While the schools are feeling the pain, Fluvanna County as a whole is also suffering.

"I think people are already turning away. I've seen people who do not have children in the school system already putting the house on the market to move," said parent Kelli O'Connor.

Parents and teachers say they will be at the meeting on Wednesday when the superintendent presents the budget to the Board of Supervisors.

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