Yancey Elementary School

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Benjamin Franklin Yancey Elementary School was an Albemarle County public elementary school that provided students with an education from kindergarten through 5th grade. Yancey was a part of the Southern Feeder Pattern and its students attended Walton Middle School and graduated from Monticello High School. In 2017, Yancey had 118 students enrolled.[1] In 2017, the Albemarle County School Board voted to close Yancey and send its students to Red Hill Elementary School and Scottsville Elementary School.

The Board of Supervisors voted to accept responsibility for the school in fall 2017 and have been working to convert the school to a community center. [2]

The Yancey School Community Center broke ground on March 9, 2019. [3]


Yancey Elementary opened in 1960 in rural Esmont as one of three schools for Black elementary students. The school was named Benjamin Franklin Yancey, an African-American educator who came to Albemarle County in the 1890s and established a school for African Americans. There were 202 pupils enrolled the first year. [4]

The land upon which Yancey Elementary is situated was donated by the Men's League, an organization also founded by Yancey. The school was made of brick, a fact that delighted its first attendees.[5]


In 2009, the county had commissioned a study to see if there would be savings in consolidating Yancey with Red Hill Elementary School and Scottsville Elementary School. The idea was rejected because of community support for all three schools. In October 2012, the School Board met with Supervisors and discussed the possibility of expanding Yancey for other uses in addition to education.[5]. In December 2013, the Yancey Workgroup presented their final report, which recommended transforming the school into an intergenerational learning center via public-private partnerships[6].

In 2017, cuts in federal funding and declining enrollment led the School Board to consider closing Yancey.[7] On May 25, 2017, the School Board voted 5-2 to consolidate Yancey into Red Hill and Scottsville elementary schools.[8]


In August 2012, the Albemarle County School Board approved long-delayed proposed repairs to Yancey, including work on the roof HVAC system, and septic field. The work is projected to cost an estimated $6 million and will include renovations over the next ten years.[9] The Board of Supervisors agreed to the spending in September 2012. [5]


The following is a list of people who served as principal at Yancey Elementary.

Term Principal
2012 - 2017 Craig Dommer
2006 - 2012 Alison Dwier-Selden
2004 - 2006 Jeanette Avery
2001 - 2004 Debora Collins
1990 - 2001 Sidney Tate
1985 - 1990 Carolyn Paige
1982 - 1985 Carolyn Gaines
1977 - 1982 Gerald Terrell
1974 - 1977 Manie Philips
1971 - 1974 Jimmy Jones
1967 - 1971 Fulton Marshall
1961 - 1967 Elisha Gantt
1960 - 1961 Isaac Faulkner


Yancey Elementary is located at 7625 Porters Road.


  1. Web. Report on Yancey Elementary School, Josh Mandell, Document, Albemarle County Public Schools, May 11, 2017, retrieved May 30, 2017.
  2. Web. Albemarle County Considering Near-Term Use for Yancey Elementary School, Matt Telhelm, News Article, WVIR NBC29, Charlottesville, Virginia, December 5, 2017, retrieved March 7, 2018.
  3. Web. Opening event set for Yancey center on March 9, Staff reports, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, February 22, 2019, retrieved February 24, 2019.
  4. Web. Albemarle Schools Attended by 5,940, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, September 20, 1960, retrieved September 19, 2022. Print. September 20, 1960 page 11.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Web. Yancey decision retains critical piece of community's fabric, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, October 13, 2012, retrieved October 17, 2012.
  6. Web. Yancey Workgroup recommends public-private partnerships, Tim Shea, Charlottesville Tomorrow, Charlottesville Tomorrow, December 13, 2013, retrieved December 24, 2013.
  7. Web. [1], Josh Mandell, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 28, 2017, retrieved April 29, 2017.
  8. Web. Albemarle School Board votes to consolidate Yancey Elementary into Red Hill, Scottsville, Josh Mandell, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, May 25, 2017, retrieved May 30, 2017.
  9. Web. School Board votes to make repairs to Yancey, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, August 9, 2012, retrieved August 10, 2012.

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