Rural Education Foundation
605 Fuqua Drive
P.O. Drawer 328
Farmville VA 23901
Mission Statement

The mission of Fuqua School is to create a safe and supportive learning environment which fosters the development of boundless individual potential.

CEO/Executive Director Mr. John H. Melton
Board Chair Mr. Terry Hudgins
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address 605 Fuqua Drive
P.O. Drawer 328
Farmville, VA 23901
Telephone 434 392-4131
Fax 434 392-5062
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1993
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $3,600,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,600,000.00

The mission of Fuqua School is to create a safe and supportive learning environment which fosters the development of boundless individual potential.

Fuqua School's Class of 2015 was offered collectively over 4.2 million dollars in college scholarships. Our graduates will be attending a remarkable array of colleges and universities, such as the College of William and Mary, Hampden-Sydney College, Randolph Macon College, Longwood University, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Many have been together since pre-kindergarten and others have joined the class from as far away as China and the Netherlands.  
Fuqua School continues the tradition at the 64th Model General Assembly (MGA) program sponsored by the Virginia YMCA.  One student  serving as Lieutenant Governor passed that office to the newly elected Lieutenant Governor for 2016.  Two Fuqua students were selected to attend CONA, the conference on national affairs. 
Fuqua School qualified again for the annual Battle of Brains competition sponsored by WTVR in Richmond and the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan, advancing to the top sixteen schools. This is quite an accomplishment based on Fuqua's size compared to most schools involved.
Fuqua School's overriding goal is to continually reflect its belief statements:
Education is the collaborative responsibility of students, teachers, administrators, and parents.
Learning is enhanced through the blending of advanced technologies, strong curriculum, and proud traditions.
High expectations promote optimal growth and personal accountability.
Integrity, ethics, leadership, and service must be honored and developed.
An effective learning environment provides a balance of academic, artistic, athletic, and social opportunities.
Diversity strengthens a school community and should be embraced.

A strong sense of teamwork and mutual respect are imperative for a school to flourish.

Need-based tuition support for students $250,000+
New roofs to replace 1960's flat roofs $1,500,000
Technology upgrades $150,000 
Housing to support new International Program  $500,000

Located in Farmville, Virginia, Fuqua (pronounced "few-kwa") School's vision is to become the most outstanding pre-kindergarten through grade twelve independent school in rural America and to serve as a national model for educational excellence. Fuqua School began its bold transformation in 1993 through the generosity and leadership of the late Mr. J.B. Fuqua of Atlanta, Georgia, who grew up near Farmville. The J. B. Fuqua Foundation, Inc., has invested over $12 million in the School, helping it move toward fulfilling its mission.

Although Farmville is a small town of approximately 6,500 residents, it is the hub of commercial activity for over 100,000 people within a 30-mile radius. The population from which the School draws is economically and socially diverse. Parents often work multiple jobs to pay tuition, recognizing it is an investment for a lifetime. For them, Fuqua School provides the opportunity for their children to pursue an academic program which will lead to higher education.

Fuqua School is an independent, co-educational, non-sectarian day school, which enrolls approximately 350 students in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. These students reside in eleven counties in rural Southside Virginia. Transportation to and from the School is provided daily.

Located on a 65-acre campus in the "Heart of Virginia," Fuqua School facilities include: an 18,000 square foot Lower School Commons, the Wall Memorial Building with gymnasium and stage, the Gee-Price Building, fifty classrooms, two library media centers, three computer laboratories, two science laboratories and a nature trail, two music centers, two art centers, a theatre studio, an applied industrial technology workshop, cafeteria facilities, extensive athletic fields, a quarter-mile track, tennis courts, a weight room, a swimming pool complex, and playground areas. 

The School maintains high expectations for academic achievement and behavior. Behavior guidelines and dress regulations were collaboratively developed through committees composed of students, teachers, and parents and are reviewed annually. These standards emphasize students taking responsibility for their own actions and are clearly articulated to the School community.

98% of our graduates go on to college, and since 2002 our graduates have been offered collectively over $33 million dollars in scholarships.

CEO Statement
Fuqua School's instructional program is designed to respond to the needs of each student and emphasizes the development of individual strengths.  Its comprehensive curriculum (Performance Standards) includes competencies outlined in the Virginia Standards of Learning and those recognized as essential by other exemplary schools.
The Lower School (pre-kindergarten through grade five) is multi-aged and emphasizes developmental practices. Classes consist of two age levels, and students typically remain with the same teacher for two years, increasing continuity of learning. Students are diagnosed in the areas of reading and mathematics to determine appropriate instructional levels and advance at their own pace without limits to that advancement (continuous-progress learing).  Art, music, media, computer, and physical education classes are provided weekly by specially trained teachers.
At the Middle School level (grades six through eight), instruction is delivered through planning teams in order to monitor both learning and social/emotional well-being as well as to allow flexible scheduling for maximum instructional time. Each team teaches cooperatively to expand concepts across the curriculum and meets daily to plan and assess student progress. Latin is taught in grade seven as a base for vocabulary development and foreign language instruction.
The Upper School (grades nine through twelve) operates on a semester  modified block schedule through which students have the option of completing traditional year courses in one semester 85 minute classes or by taking two semester 45 minute classes with the expectation of accumulating a total of eight credits in one year. This scheduling system increases time-on-task and reduces fragmentation of the instructional day, but also provides a more traditional 45 minute year-long option for classes when appropriate.  In addition to a wide range of courses on campus, including advanced placement and honors options, students are able to take courses at Hampden-Sydney College and Longwood University.  
The School places emphasis on active, hands-on learning, "real-life" experiences, and character development. Multiple resources, including technology applications, are used to facilitate instruction. The program is not "textbook driven." All students participate in activities which involve "giving back to the community" and are required to complete forty hours of community service in grades 9-12 in order to graduate. An ethical issues seminar for rising juniors and seniors reflects the School's commitment to the classically rural values of honesty, integrity, and hard work.
Board Chair Statement

For our nation to prosper, all students, whether living in a city or on a small farm, must have the opportunity to learn and grow to their fullest potential. Historically, however, education has been distributed inequitably, with programs for students in rural America often lagging behind those of their more affluent urban peers.

In reviewing the literature on effective "rural education" in America, two defining characteristics consistently appear: 1) exposure of students to learning which will enable them to work and successfully compete within either a rural or non-rural environment (broaden their perspective of the world as well as their skills), and 2) the inclusion and even enhancement of the classically "rural" values of honesty, integrity, and hard work. These characteristics provide the simple yet powerful base upon which Fuqua School is built.

Our benefactor, J.B. Fuqua, was a nationally known businessman and philanthropist who provided the creative vision and personal effort to initiate multiple programs to improve the world in which we live. Most renowned for his support of Duke University, primarily Duke's Fuqua School of Business, he contributed to numerous education institutions, including Hampden-Sydney College, also located in Prince Edward County. Among other projects, he endowed the Fuqua Heart Center at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta and contributed significantly to the Atlanta Union Mission, a shelter for homeless men.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Southside Virginia

Serving students in grades pre-kindergarten - grade twelve from the following 11 counties: Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Powhatan, Prince Edward.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Terry Hudgins
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Aug 2016 to July 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. Robert Atkinson Community Volunteer
Mr. Jennings Custis Faculty Representative
Mrs. Kristin Gee Community Volunteer
Mr. Bob Hamlin Community Volunteer
Mr. Shawn Haney Farmer
Mr. Terry Hudgins Progressive Therapy
Mr. John Melton Head of School, Fuqua School
Mrs. Sandra Moss Moss Motor Co.
Mrs. Tricia Tucker Tucker Timber
Mrs. Louise Waller Community Volunteer
Ms. Lorrie Watson PTSA Representative
Ms. Erin Whaley Troutman Sanders
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 3
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 30
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Risk Management Provisions
See Management and Governance Comments
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
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Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. John H. Melton
Experience John Melton brings almost twenty years of educational leadership experience to Fuqua as an administrator, teacher, and coach. He is a 1991 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He has a Masters of Education in Secondary Education from Marymount University and a Masters of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Maryland.  John has worked in both independent and public schools during his career.
Senior Staff
Mrs. Susan Carden Middle School/Upper School Dean
Mrs. Linda Davis Director of Communications & Special Events
Mr. John Ellington Manager of Operations
Mrs. Tammy Frank Director of Alumni Affairs
Mr. Barry Giffin Director of Transportation
Mrs. Betty Ingram Business Manager
Mrs. Christy Murphy Director of Admissions
Mr. Chuck Thomas Athletic Director
Mrs. Dara Tucker Lower School Dean
Full Time Staff 70
Part Time Staff 15
Volunteers 25
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 97
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2014
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fuqua School collaborates with Hampden-Sydney College, Longwood University, Moton Museum, other schools accrediated by Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and member of National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
External Assessments and Accreditations
Virginia Association of Independent Schools2015
National Association of Independent Schools2015
CEO/ED/Board Comments The school has an aging physical plant which requires a significant dollar amount to maintain.  A comprehensive study has been completed to determine capital improvement options, but funding for these much needed changes is a challenge.  Also, the school has moved to a wireless environment, but the funding for the necessary hardware and teacher/student training to fully utilize the wireless network is limited.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $3,600,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,600,000.00
Endowment Value $5,000,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$228,760$359,475--
Investment Income, Net of Losses$142,108$287,761$642,894
Membership Dues------
Special Events$54,437$25,296$355,795
Revenue In-Kind--$9,910$20,777
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,985,743$3,443,762$2,972,983
Administration Expense$1,186,208$1,217,955$1,021,586
Fundraising Expense$19,977$15,476$67,694
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.850.931.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%74%73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%4%19%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$7,935,144$8,407,333$849,191
Current Assets$1,410,095$140,293$121,705
Long-Term Liabilities$41,865$40,584$812
Current Liabilities$2,073,361$1,907,958$1,697,730
Total Net Assets$5,819,918$6,458,791$6,792,649
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.680.070.07
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 3/2018View
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Hill & Davis, CPA, PC
  • Financial information provided by audit, with supplemental information from the Form 990