DATE: March 16, 2020
CONTACT: Phil Giaramita, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Officer
Sutherland Advisory Committee Postpones March 25 Public Meeting
(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – The first public meeting of the Sutherland Middle School Community Advisory Committee, originally scheduled to be held at the school on Wednesday, March 25, has been postponed.
All Albemarle County public school buildings are closed for a minimum of two weeks as ordered by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam this past Friday.
Also, yesterday, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance that in-person events in the country that consist of 50 or more people be canceled or postponed for eight weeks.
The advisory committee’s public meeting was to have solicited input from members of the community about names for the school that were submitted in an online survey that began on March 10. Since then, more than 400 people have participated in the survey, which remains active at https://survey.k12insight.com/r/mo7SiC. The survey is being extended through Friday, March 27, to enable as many community members as possible to participate.
Additionally, members of the community who wish to send comments to the advisory committee, can do so by emailing SchoolNamingReview@k12albemarle.org.
Moving forward, the committee will be discussing how the governor’s order and guidance from the CDC will impact its schedule, including the two public meetings required by the school division’s policy for the naming or renaming of schools. The division has created a website that provides information and updates on its progress in meeting the school board’s direction that all schools named for individuals be reviewed. The site can be accessed at https://www.k12albemarle.org/acps/division/school-naming-review/Pages/default.aspx.