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Redistricting in a nutshell

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 9:00 am

With recent growth in certain areas of the county, Louisa County Public Schools has initiated a redistricting effort for the 2015-2016 school year. The goal of this process is to have actual student enrollment better matched for the student capacity at each of our four elementary schools. This process will not affect high school and middle school students. After the consideration of staff and multiple meetings of the redistricting committee,

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  • Louisa’s school redistricting committee gives recommendations

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Town of Louisa elementary school children may be divided next school year and sent to different elementary schools. The Louisa County School Board announced in December that Moss-Nuckols Elementary School was 11 students shy of reaching capacity, while other schools in the county were under capacity. A Redistricting Committee  was quickly appointed and school staff provided the group with four options to consider when addressing capacity issues at the county’s

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  • Many hands make light work of nature trails

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Staff from a Wells Fargo call center in Short Pump spent a day in the country cleaning up the nature trail at Jouett Elementary School. Marc Cramer (l to r); Garrett Dearman; Marquite Harris; Chris Reddell; Tara Madison; Shanja Scott; Denise Preston; Will MacDougall; Lisa Hart; Safia Khan; Howard Fulton; and Marc Pendleton.

    Will MacDougall was looking for a volunteer project that he and his staff at a Wells Fargo Bank call center in Short Pump could take on as a community project. He asked Jouett Elementary School Principal Mike Pelloni what could be done at the school to help the students, and was told the nature trail needed sprucing up. Having three children who attended the school, the oldest is now at

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  • These local girls have plenty of horse sense

    Posted on November 6, 2014 at 10:05 am

    For Abby Strickland, Chelsea Bickly and Mariah Casady, their upcoming competition at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup this weekend in Louisville, Kentucky is the culmination of years of hard work. Members of the Fluvanna County 4-H, the trio garnered first place in the state 4-H hippology competition and horse bowls earlier this year, garnering them a spot in the nationals. But they had to choose which competition to enter

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  • School dedication honors past educators

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Eldon Burton, of Sen. Mark Warner’s office, presented Principal Candace Wilkerson a flag that has been flown over the U.S. Capitol.

    Candace Wilkerson, principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, had just started her first year at the helm of the school when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake destroyed the building. For the past three years, her job has been anything but normal. On the day of the quake, Wilkerson made sure that everyone in the building was safe and calm, helped staff, students and parents transition to the new trailer campus adjacent

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  • Louisa County High School on time for completion

    Posted on October 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

    The new Louisa County High School towers it predecessors with its three-story main entrance. The front will consist of mostly tinted glass for more natural light. See photo slideshow at

    It is often said that things happen for a reason and we may not always know why. But one could argue that the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that damaged Louisa County High School in August 2011 may have been a blessing in disguise. Much has happened since last August when Louisa County Public Schools held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new high school. Since then, the old school—comprised of a 1940s

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  • Teachers on the trail of Jack Jouett’s ride

    Posted on October 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Children’s author Judy Bander, who wrote “It was a long  night for Sally Jouett,” from the perspective of Jack Jouett’s horse, was part of the two-day workshop on digital mapping and history in Louisa.

    Educators from across the state spent the past weekend in Louisa County following the trail of Jack Jouett’s famous June 4, 1781 ride from Cuckoo to Monticello to warn Gov. Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia legislature at Monticello that the British were coming. “We learned much about Jack Jouett and the impact of his efforts on the outcome of the American Revolution,” Annie Evans, co-coordinator of Virginia Geographic Alliance and

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