School board chairman Alvin Edwards, superintendent Rosa Atkins and Mayor David Brown left for their trip to Tuscany today, following a tumultuous, unsettled debate over whether they should go at all. Councilor Kendra Hamilton canceled her involvement on Monday night, followed by Atkins yesterday evening. It was announced that an anonymous donor was covering the cost of school official Gertrude Ivory, who then pulled out, with the donor then covering the going-again Atkins. The purpose of the trip is to celebrate thirty years of Charlottesville and Poggio a Caiano, looking into a school exchange program, and talking about tourism.
After all of this fuss, the three of them are going to need this vacation.