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Collective bargaining, budget on Albemarle County School Board agenda

Albemarle County School Board to meet today

The Albemarle County School Board plans to discuss collective bargaining for school workers and hold a budget work session at its meeting on Thursday.

Albemarle County Public Schools Superintendent Matthew Haas and school board members are scheduled to talk about bargaining around 7:30 p.m.

The Albemarle Education Association union has launched its second bid to win collective bargaining rights. The first attempt was voted down by the school board in May 2022.

Around 8 p.m. on Thursday, the school board plans to hold its second budget work session of the year. Last week, Haas asked for $257.3 million for the division’s upcoming school year, including funds for a 5% pay raise for staff and $126,000 reserved for a school resource officer’s salary and benefits.

Also listed on the agenda is a COVID-19 status update presentation. The county is at low COVID-19 community levels, according to preliminary slides, though weekly student attendance percentages for the division are still below a pre-pandemic average of 95%.

The public portion of the meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a closed session starting at 4:30 p.m.

Members of the public can attend the meeting in the Albemarle County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road in Charlottesville. The meeting is also available to watch online.

Tree Commission’s Arbor Subcommittee meets today

The Charlottesville Tree Commission’s Arbor Subcommittee is scheduled to meet virtually at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

This past Tuesday, the Tree Commission delivered a presentation to Charlottesville City Council on the city’s declining tree canopy, which a commission report says creates higher costs and physical risk for residents.

Members of the public can attend the Thursday meeting via Zoom by registering online.

Historical society speaker series hosts Civil War expert today

Caroline Janney is scheduled to discuss the end of the American Civil War on Thursday as part of an Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society speaker series.

Janney is the director of the John L. Nau Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia. A UVa graduate and professor at the university, she will speak about the chaos that ensued after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at the Appomattox Court House in 1865.

The event is planned to begin at 6 pm. at the Center at Belvedere at 540 Belvedere Blvd. in Charlottesville. Members of the public can RSVP online to attend in person or watch the virtual stream on Facebook.

UVa to screen film series, host panel on Ukraine today

At the one-year mark of Russia’s war in Ukraine, the University of Virginia’s Miller Center is scheduled to show a documentary film series and host a panel about the deadly conflict.

The Thursday event will feature a screening of the documentary film series “Ukraine: The Human Price of War.” In addition, a panel of experts will discuss the human consequences of the war and the direction that the conflict is heading, according to the Miller Center.

The event is scheduled to be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday in the Miller Center at 2201 Old Ivy Road in Charlottesville. It’s being held in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Virginia Film Festival. Registration to attend both in person and online can be found at the Miller Center’s website.

Cvillepedia ‘edit-a-thon’ to be held today

The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society plans to host an “edit-a-thon” for the community resource Cvillepedia on Thursday.

Participants will gather to edit, update and add information for the online database, which contains thousands of articles documenting the history of the city of Charlottesville and surrounding Albemarle County.

Journalist Sean Tubbs will be present to demonstrate how historical research can be conducted online, according to a historical society statement.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday in the Jefferson Room at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library’s Central Branch at 201 E. Market St. in Charlottesville.

New exhibition opening at Charlottesville’s Ix Art Park

An artist talk and karaoke are scheduled to accompany the opening of a new exhibit at Charlottesville’s Ix Art Park.

The Sankofa Journey Exhibit by Marley Nichelle will debut at 4 p.m. on Thursday. An art panel is scheduled for 6 p.m. followed by a free art-making event at 7 p.m. and karaoke at 8 p.m. The exhibit’s last night will be Monday.

The weeklong exhibition is sponsored by Ix Art Park, the University of Virginia’s Equity Center and the Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the foundation to fund Black youth in Charlottesville to attend a delegation trip to Charlottesville’s sister city Winneba, Ghana, according to Ix Art Park.

Ix Art Park is located at 522 2nd St. SE in Charlottesville. For more information call (434) 207-2964 or visit

from staff reports


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