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Scottsville Elementary gets new principal

The Albemarle County School Board has named Cyndi Wells as the next principal of Scottsville Elementary School.

Wells was appointed by the school board on Monday evening, according to an Albemarle County Public Schools statement. She’ll take up the mantle on July 1.

“Change can often be a powerful growth opportunity,” said Wells in a statement. “I always have admired Scottsville’s pledge to its families and staff – that the school is dedicated to the growth of its children through active, engaging, meaningful learning experiences that strengthen the commitment to education of the entire Scottsville community. I am looking forward to joining with an exceptionally talented staff, highly passionate and engaged families, and extraordinary students in fulfilling this commitment.”

Since 2019, Wells has served as the principal of Mountain View Elementary School, where she oversaw an enrollment increase of more than 20%. She joined Albemarle County Public Schools in 2006 and has worked as a Title I Coordinator and a division lead coach.

Wells will replace the current interim Scottsville Principal Art Stow, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

PVCC wins award for ‘institutional transformation’

Piedmont Virginia Community College has been awarded Campus Compact’s Eduardo J. Padrón Award for Institutional Transformation.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of colleges and universities. The award recognizes institutionwide efforts to address issues of public concern in order to serve the common good, according to Campus Compact’s website.

PVCC President Jean Runyon noted in a statement the school’s commitment to preparing students for lives of engaged citizenship. These initiatives include mandatory civic engagement classes to graduate and the college’s “PVCC Votes!” initiative to engage student voters, according to Runyon.

“We believe our civic engagement work contributes to the economic, civic and cultural vitality of our region, the Commonwealth of Virginia, our nation and the world,” said Runyon. “As we embark on our next 50 years of excellence and impact, we will continue to promote civic engagement as a core element of our mission as a college.”

PVCC is a two-year college that primarily serves residents from the city of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. It’s one of 23 community colleges in the Virginia Community College System.

Albemarle supervisors to hold fifth budget work session today

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors plans on Wednesday to discuss workforce stabilization during its fifth budget work session for the 2024 fiscal year.

The board will also vote to schedule a hearing on modifying real estate tax relief for the elderly and disabled, according to the meeting’s consent agenda. The modification would increase the maximum income and financial worth limits for residents to be eligible for relief.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. on Wednesday in Room 241 at the Albemarle County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road in Charlottesville. A public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled for April 26.

Charlottesville Planning Commission, City Council to meet today

The Charlottesville Planning Commission plans to hold a joint work session with City Council on Wednesday to discuss and provide information on the city’s zoning ordinance draft.

The meeting will include a presentation on draft development standards such as landscaping, parking and lighting, according to a meeting agenda. The commission and council also plan to discuss draft zoning districts, land uses and maps.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday in the main conference room at CitySpace at 100 Fifth St. NE in Charlottesville. Public comment will be accepted in writing at the meeting or through email at


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