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Fluvanna County Public Schools Names New Superintendent

PRESS RELEASE – May 4, 2021

Palmyra, VA – Dr. Peter Gretz was appointed as the next superintendent of Fluvanna County Public Schools at tonight’s school board meeting. His new position will be effective July 1, 2021.

Gretz has 29 years of experience working in public education in Virginia. Gretz has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of curriculum instruction/student services, and assistant superintendent across Virginia in Washington County, Orange County, Buckingham County, Goochland County, and Middlesex County. Since 2016, he has served as the Superintendent for Middlesex County Public Schools.

“It is an honor and privilege to be chosen to serve the Fluvanna schools and community,” Gretz commented. “I look forward to joining an exceptional team and working together to maximize the potential of our schools. My family and I can’t wait to become active members of the Fluvanna community!”

Perrie Johnson, chair of the Fluvanna County School Board, believes Dr. Gretz’s experience will be a great asset for the division. She stated, “The Fluvanna School Board is excited to welcome Dr. Peter Gretz, a leader with years of experience as a successful superintendent and an inspirational vision for Fluvanna County Public Schools.”

Gretz earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Virginia Tech, a Master of Arts in Education Leadership from East Tennessee State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Emory and Henry College.

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) assisted the school board with the superintendent search process.

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FLUVANNA COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS APPOINTS MS. LARA DUGOLINSKY AS FLUVANNA MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

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PRESS RELEASE – April 24, 2021

At a Fluvanna County School Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 12, 2021, the Fluvanna County School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Ms. Lara Dugolinksy as the new Fluvanna Middle School Principal (FMS).

“I am truly excited about Ms. Dugolinsky taking over the helm as the Fluvanna Middle School. Lara brings a wealth of experiences and knowledge to this position. She has been a wonderful asset to our school system and I know that she will continue to help us grow and move forward together for our children,” stated Chuck Winkler, Superintendent.

Ms. Dugolinky has been an Assistant Principal at FMS since January 1, 2019 and is a graduate of William Paterson University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Community Health. She also holds a Masters in Administration and Supervision as well as a Masters in Special Education from the University of Phoenix.

In addition to her experience in Fluvanna, Ms. Dugolinsky was the Administrator for Special Education in Hanover County along with being a special education teacher and Department Chair in Henrico County.

Ms. Dugolinsky has three children and enjoys spending time on Lake Gaston with family and friends.

“I could not be more excited to grow professionally at FMS. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with the staff, students and community for two years already and am looking forward to many more years of working together“ stated Ms. Dugolinsky.

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Fluvanna County High School is Accepting Applications for the 2021 Paul W. Bragg Scholarship

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Alexander Pellicane, Class of 2020 Bragg Scholarship Recipient

PRESS RELEASE – April 20, 2021

Fluvanna County High School is pleased to announce the availability of the Paul W. Bragg Scholarship Fund application. Established by Mr. Bragg’s will, and managed by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, the scholarship is meant “to provide undergraduate college assistance based on both need and merit to graduates of Fluvanna County High School.” The Paul W. Bragg Scholarship Fund Advisory Committee was formed to develop the eligibility rules, to develop the number of scholarships to be awarded in a given year and the amounts, to develop the application and submission procedures including deadlines, and to develop a brochure to publicize this scholarship fund.

Paul W. Bragg was a life-long resident of Fluvanna County, Virginia. He was born in Fluvanna in 1916 and lived his entire life in the family home at 1710 Middle Ford Road, where he died at age 87 on October 9, 2003. Mr. Bragg was a hard-working farmer, and he saved and invested wisely during his long life. He bequeathed the bulk of his considerable estate to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and directed the Foundation to establish a scholarship fund to benefit young people graduating from Fluvanna County High School.

The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and the Paul W. Bragg Scholarship Fund Advisory Committee are dedicated to carrying out Mr. Bragg’s wishes in perpetuity. The Foundation manages the Bragg Scholarship Fund as part of its permanent endowment and each year notifies the Committee as to how much income is available to provide for scholarships in that year. The Committee then selects recipients from among that year’s applicants. Since the first scholarship was awarded in 2006, there have been 197 recipients and over one million dollars in awards. These recipients have attended Vanderbilt, JMU, Lynchburg College, Mary Washington, PVCC, UVA, Virginia Tech, VCU, William and Mary, Longwood, Shenandoah, Tulane, Johnson and Wales, VMI, Liberty, University of Richmond, Amherst, West Virginia University, Randolph Macon, Radford, Utah State, and Christopher Newport.

This year $130,000 will be available in scholarship money to members of the Class of 2021. One $40,000 scholarship, four $10,000 scholarships, eight $5,000 scholarships, and five $2,000 scholarships will be announced at the awards night on June 15, 2021. Applications and scholarship requirements will be available in the Fluvanna County High School School Counseling Office and on their website – www.flucoschoolcounseling.weebly.com/scholarships. The deadline for receipt of completed application packets is Friday, May 14, 2021 at 4 p.m. The application and supplemental information should be sent to: Maureen Stonesifer, Fluvanna County High School, 1918 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra, VA 22963.

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Fluvanna County School Board Approves 2021-2022 School Calendar

PRESS RELEASE – March 18, 2021

On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, the Fluvanna County School Board adopted a school calendar for the 2021-22 school year. The school calendar was developed with input from parents and school staff.

The key elements of the 2021-2022 calendar are:

  • August 11, 2021, is the first day for students to attend school 5-days a week.
  • December 22, 2021, is the last day of school for the first semester and an early release dismissal for students.
  • December 23 -January 5 is Winter Break for students.
  • April 4-8, 2022, is Spring Break.
  • May 20, 2022, is the last day of school and an early dismissal day for students.
  • May 20, 2022, is Fluvanna County High School Graduation at 7 p.m.

A copy of the calendar is attached to this press release. The calendar is available on the school division’s website.

FLUVANNA COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS LAUNCHES A COVID-19 DASHBOARD

PRESS RELEASE – February 5, 2021

In an effort to provide data to our school community, Fluvanna County Public Schools has launched a COVID-19 Dashboard.  This dashboard will reflect the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded each week.  This data is also reported by site.  An additional data element is the number of staff and students who have been quarantined due to possible COVID-19 exposure.  A link to the dashboard may be found on the Fluvanna County Public School’s COVID-19 webpage at:  http://fluco.org/covid-19/

The information reported includes only staff and students who are actively working or learning in person.  COVID-19 data is confirmed by a positive test result and in consultation with the Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD).

We encourage our community to continue with the mitigation procedures (masks, 6ft social distancing, and 15 minute time frame) along with monitoring for symptoms based on the VDH Evaluating Symptoms or Exposure protocols.

In addition to this dashboard, Fluvanna County Public Schools is also working in conjunction with the BRHD to offer vaccinations to our staff.

Additional questions regarding Fluvanna County Public Schools’ mitigation strategies and COVID-19 data may be directed to Don Stribling, Executive Director for Human Resources, Operations, and Student Services at dstribling@apps.fluco.org.

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