Details provided on city’s acquisition of CATEC

The word Albemarle will be dropped from the name of the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center as of July 1, 2024. The future use of the word “area” is one of the many changes announced this morning by Charlottesville City Schools. 

“Charlottesville City Schools and Albemarle County Public Schools are proactively working together to ensure that the Charlottesville-Albemarle Career and Technical Education Center (CATEC) continues to thrive once it transitions to the sole ownership of the city school division in July 2024,” reads a press release sent out this morning. 

Six working groups have been formed to review financial, human resources, programming, infrastructure, and technological tasks.  City Council will get an update on April 17. 

CATEC was formed as a partnership between the two school divisions in 1969 and according to the release, the dissolution dates back to December 2022 when Albemarle County Public Schools made an offer to purchase the city’s interest. In response, the Charlottesville School Board put in an offer of their own.  They’ll pay $5.3 million, the price requested by Albemarle County.

A section of the 1969 agreement that deal with dissolution of the partnership (read the agreement)

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