Albemarle County Public Schools
(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – County Executive Thomas Foley and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Pamela R. Moran have appointed an 11-member citizens advisory committee to develop recommendations for providing enhanced community services in the southern part of the county while sustaining the role of Yancey Elementary School as a neighborhood school.
According to the committee's charter, the group will review the present level of public and community services in the area and suggest possible improvements or additions. They also will identify current and potential organizational partners who would be willing to assist in providing an expanded level of services.
Among the options the committee will explore is the use of Yancey not only as a school but as a possible focal point for providing those services. It also will research grant and other funding opportunities. As part of its research, the committee will examine other programs around the country that could serve as models for how best to utilize schools and other public buildings in delivering community services in rural settings to diverse age groups.
The committee includes five representatives from the Esmont area: Charlotte Brody; Frances Feggans; Lewis Jackson; Renee Lundgren; and Patricia McMullen. Also on the committee are Tim Lewis from Howardsville; Dawn Osterholt from Keswick; Edward Strickler from Scottsville; and Gordon Walker of Charlottesville.
Bob Crickenberger from the county's Parks & Recreation Department and Craig Dommer, the principal of Yancey Elementary School, also are committee members. Debbie Chlebnikow, Program Coordinator for the county's Family Support Program in the Department of Social Services, and Dr. Bernard Hairston, Executive Director of the Community Engagement Office for Albemarle County Public Schools, are serving as liaisons for the Board of Supervisors and the School Board.
"Going back to the days of Benjamin Yancey in the early years of the 20th century, the Esmont community consistently has valued education, support for one another, and unity of purpose. We are very fortunate to have such an outstanding group of citizens continue this tradition by volunteering to work with the county and the school division to improve the quality of life in this part of our county," Dr. Hairston said.
The committee held an initial meeting on April 29 and will hold an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. on May 13 at Yancey Elementary School. Among the items on the agenda will be the designation of two co-chairs, a schedule for future meetings, and the consideration of operational strategies.
The committee will provide a progress report on its work in three months and deliver a final report of its recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and the School Board by the end of the calendar year.
In announcing plans earlier this year to appoint the committee, Mr. Foley and Dr. Moran said, "We would like to see an outcome that provides a safe, secure place for children, adolescents and senior citizens to engage and learn together and that offers the potential to attract new families and businesses to southern Albemarle County."
Support staff for the committee's work will be supplied by local government and the school division.