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Southern Albemarle Residents Invited to Serve on Community Advisory Committee

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and the Albemarle County School Board are seeking community representatives to serve on an advisory committee that will study community services in the southern portion of Albemarle County and make recommendations on how best to address unmet needs for the community. The committee will include six community representatives and six appointees who will represent various community service agencies.

Both boards envision B.F. Yancey Elementary School in Esmont as the focal point for the potential delivery of enhanced services to the area.

“The southern part of our county has a rich tradition of strong family bonds, pride in their neighborhoods, and leadership in championing such values as education,” said County Executive Tom Foley and School Superintendent Dr. Pamela Moran. “There is great potential to build upon these strengths and to create sustained community value for the Yancey school,” they added.

The charter for the new committee includes identifying both service needs in the area and partners willing to engage in the delivery of services. It says both the Board of Supervisors and the School Board “are interested in learning about model programs, funding sources and/or grant opportunities” for a transformational concept that will benefit residents in the school division’s southern feeder pattern.

Primary objectives specified within the Yancey School Work Group Charter include:

  • Review community service needs and assessment data from the past several years;
  • Develop recommendations for expanded use of the Yancey school building;
  • Determine the feasibility of public/private partnerships to support program development;
  • Research best practice models in other parts of the country; and
  • Examine possible sources of funding support.

“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,” Mr. Foley and Dr. Moran said.

The advisory committee will consist of 12 members appointed by Mr. Foley and Dr. Moran. Six appointees will be local community residents, and six appointees will be from service agencies and other partners in the county. The county executive and the school superintendent will designate committee co-chairs, and the committee will determine its meeting schedule, although the committee’s initial meeting will be in March. A progress report to the Board of Supervisors and School Board is scheduled for May and a final report by December 31 of this year.

Support staff for the committee’s work will be provided by local government and the school division.

The 2013 Southern Albemarle Community Advisory Committee Application can be filed online.

Applications also are available at Yancey Elementary School, located at 7625 Porters Road in Esmont, or by calling the school at (434) 974-8060. The application deadline is Monday, March 4.

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