Thinking about Crozet Schools

As is often the case, I started a conversation on the RealCrozetVA facebook page and the conversation turned out so well I thought I’d share it here. As always, a huge thanks to the commenters there.

Curious: what is WAHS doing to compete with the high-level academies at CHS, AHS & MHS?

Thoughts welcomed.

*I’m tagging this post as a “real estate” post as well as “schools” because (perceived at least) school quality matters with respect to property values.

And, click through to read about the Albemarle County Strategic Plan Review. Continue reading “Thinking about Crozet Schools”

What do We Want Crozet to Be?

I posted the following thought on the RealCrozetVA facebook page and it generated quite a few thoughtful comments, but I much prefer to center the conversation here. That said, the comments added to my original thought by changing my premise from “what do we want Crozet to be” to first, let’s define the Crozet culture as it currently is and then define what we want Crozet to look like.

This is something that is been going through my head for the last 12 or 18 months: what is Crozet going to look like in 12 or 20 years? More importantly, what do we want it to look like in 12 or 20 years?

Our town is going to change. That is a known known. But what are the unknowns? Will we encourage the homogenization that is happening in Charlottesville? Will we be able to encourage adoption of the Crozet
culture to those who are new?

If we don’t plan (and act!) accordingly and wisely for the coming growth – the school traffic coming from Old Trail comes to mind as well as the traffic to and from all the schools in the mornings and afternoons, and presumably more when Re-Store ‘n Station opens, and from Westlake Hills – then Crozet won’t be as wonderful a place to live as it is now.

I love Crozet; we’ve been here for 11 years (I think) and I intend to be here for a long time. I make my living representing buyers and sellers moving to and from Crozet, so I have a different perspective than many, but my goal remains to work to do whatever I can to keep and make Crozet a special place to be.

I’m posting below the comments from the conversation … please, take some time to read them all (and thank you to everyone who has already commented). They’re thoughtful, insightful comments about what Crozet was, is and could be. I’ll call out this one as I think it well articulates what most may be thinking:

I think we have to combine and find the way to bring the new into the fold of the old unique Crozet so we can grow together.

* For the purposes of this conversation, “Crozet” means (very roughly) – from the railroad bridge at 240/250 intersection to Greenwood Gourmet just past 64 to about two miles past Crozet Elementary. Seriously. Getting into a discussion about “what are the boundaries of Crozet” won’t serve this discussion well … and may lead to moderation of comments.”

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Plank Road Exchange Closing

From their Facebook page:

This past Friday January 11, 2013 we were informed by Norm Jenkins that the property is “under contract, there will be no place for us with the new owners, and that the transition will happen quickly”. Since we entered into this venture on a hand-shake and had no lease/contract, we have no choice but to vacate.

Read the whole thing. They did great stuff there and they’ll be missed.

See the comment below. Plank Road Exchange is back open.

Albemarle an Appalachian Trail Community?

Our trails are part of what make Albemarle special … they are in the very early stages of this conversation, but community input would be quite valuable.

via email –

Albemarle County is in the process of considering designation as an Appalachian Trail Community, and as someone who is a critical stakeholder in Crozet and a supporter of our local trail system we wanted to bring you into the conversation on this issue. We are at the very early stages of exploring this process, and will be hearing a presentation from Angie Sheldon with the Appalachian Trail organization on Tuesday, January 15, at 4:00 pm in Room 435 of the County Office Building on McIntire Road.