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Albemarle Supervisors Focus on Long-Term Goals at Retreat

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors spent the day focusing on the future. The new board discussed its priorities and long-term goals for the county during a retreat Tuesday at the Monticello Firehouse.

"We've identified specific areas that we are all in agreement that are critically important for our community,” said Diantha McKeel, Albemarle supervisor.

Supervisors are looking ahead.

"One of the things that I'm trying to push as much as I can is economic vitality of our community. I'm very concerned about creating jobs,” said Ken Boyd, Albemarle supervisor.

The board discussed needs like protecting rural and growth areas and community prosperity Tuesday. The majority of board members are new, but longtime Supervisor Ken Boyd says many of the priorities remain the same.

"I think that there are certain things that are already on our plate - like the solid waste situation, we need to deal with that. We all know that we want clean water. We want to protect our rural areas,” said Boyd.

Another big item for supervisors is county schools that found themselves in financial trouble this year. The board wants to make sure that doesn't happen again.

"We've been talking about how to fund education, what a sustainable funding stream could look like. Getting the schools and county government out of silos. Working together as a team,” said McKeel.

Tuesday's retreat was meant to narrow down priorities, but it was also a chance for the supervisors to get on the same page.

"I think particularly with this board, because there are a lot of new members, that we get some feel for what they think about,” said Boyd.

Once supervisors narrow down their goals, they will be able to focus on what is needed to implement them.

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