Feb 23, 2018
In years past, most high school students could study the human heart only through pictures in textbooks.
Today, Albemarle County high-schoolers can view a beating heart on interactive, 3-D displays, rotating and magnifying it to observe the movement of each valve.
County school division staff hosted an open house event Thursday to introduce School Board members, parents and other stakeholders to virtual...Read more
Feb 23, 2018
Charlottesville’s Housing Advisory Committee has spent the last year evaluating several ways the city can use its power and resources to increase the number of affordable living choices.
At this month’s meeting, the group discussed how city government processes might be adjusted to speed up the implementation of new policies.
“We need to get on the same page here, and I think...Read more
Feb 22, 2018
Albemarle County Public Schools is expecting to save more than $3.5 million from a two-month premium holiday for medical insurance benefits and a reduction of premiums starting March 1.
However, the impact of the savings could be negated by a loss of $1.9 million in expected funding from the state.
County government and the school division offer self-funded medical insurance plans...Read more
Feb 22, 2018
As Charlottesville prepares to develop a new transit plan for the next six years, the City Council has expressed concern about a 15 percent decline in ridership from 2013 to 2017. Councilor Kathy Galvin saw an early version of these statistics in January through her position on the Metropolitan Planning Organization, a regional transportation committee.
“There was a lot of data...Read more
Feb 21, 2018
The Charlottesville City Council has requested more details about the financial value of streets that will be conveyed to the University of Virginia to assist with a redevelopment project.
“I’m thinking about some of the work that we need to do in town,” Mayor Nikuyah Walker said at Tuesday’s council meeting. “If there’s a value to that is beneficial...Read more
Feb 19, 2018
What would happen to the administration of justice if the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors chose to relocate their general district and circuit courts outside of downtown Charlottesville? That was the subject of a panel discussion held at the February 17 breakfast of the city and county Democrats.
"We came up with this topic a couple of months ago as we...Read more
Feb 18, 2018
Thousands of youths and adults are on soccer teams in the area and some would like local governments to increase the amount of places to play.
“We started to recognize that what makes soccer so unique in Charlottesville is that it has a lot of unique ingredients,” said David Deaton, executive director of the Charlottesville Alliance FC, an amateur soccer club...Read more
Feb 17, 2018
Two developers of affordable housing complexes in Charlottesville had the chance Friday to explain how their projects went from idea to reality.
“To be a developer, for-profit or nonprofit, your only job is to manage chaos,” said Rick Gregory, one of the cofounders of Richmond-based Fountainhead Properties.
The for-profit company built the recently constructed Carlton Views, a 54-unit apartment building on Carlton...Read more
Feb 17, 2018
Crozet cybersecurity startup CounterFlow AI announced last week that it raised $2.7 million in seed funding from Osage University Partners, the Charlottesville Angel Network, and several individual investors.
“We are looking to grow and stay in Crozet,” said Randy Caldejon, co-founder and CEO of CounterFlow AI. “Our intent is for this to fund the true development of our machine-learning platform —...Read more
Feb 16, 2018
Local preschools and child care centers are moving quickly to complete fingerprint-based national background checks for staff and volunteers that are now required under state law.
The Virginia Department of Social Services is implementing the background checks to meet safety regulations included in the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014. Virginia received about $120 million in federal...Read more
Feb 16, 2018
The new Albemarle County Executive has presented the Board of Supervisors with a $428.5 million operating and capital budget for fiscal year 2019. That is a 7.7 percent increase over the budget for the current year.
“For the second year in a row, we will not recommend a tax rate increase but we have an ambitious budget where we are moving...Read more
Feb 15, 2018
The Charlottesville School Board on Thursday voted, 6-0, to adopt an $83.7 million funding request for the 2018-2019 school year. School Board member Leah Puryear was absent.
The funding request would require a $54 million appropriation from the City Council — a $2.67 million increase from the current fiscal year. As of Feb. 1, the city of Charlottesville’s draft budget for...Read more