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School Board leans towards Mayor’s plan for new schools

11/05/2009 7:29 PM by

The Richmond School Board tonight held the first of 2 informational meeting on deciding which of two competing school construction plans to support. A polling of the school board members indicated a majority in favor of the Mayor’s recent proposal which adds a new Huguenot High School but removes 2 elementary schools from the initial development.

The Current Plan

The current plan calls for the renovation/rebuilding of 5 specific schools as part of Phase 1, including MLK Middle School and George Mason Elementary Schools:

ALLOTTED SCHOOL
$ 27,700,700 George Mason Elementary School
$ 29,600,000 E.H.S. Greene Elementary School
$ 27,700,000 Broad Rock Elementary School
$ 27,600,000 Oak Grove Elementary School
$ 39,900,000 Martin Luther King Middle School
$149,500,000 TOTAL

The Mayor’s Proposal

The Mayor’s proposal does not specify which schools should be redeveloped beyond Huguenot High School, but offers money for 2 unspecified elementary schools and an unspecified middle school:

ALLOTTED SCHOOL
$ 81,300,000 Huguenot High School
$ 27,700,000 GENERIC Elementary School
$ 27,700,000 GENERIC Elementary School
$ 39,900,000 GENERIC Middle School
$173,600,000 TOTAL

A polling of the school board members indicated a majority in favor of the Mayor’s proposal. The next meeting (Monday November 9 at 4PM on the 17th Floor School Board Conference Room) will be a discussion of the more specific details and schools to be a part of the Mayor’s proposal.

The board indicated that there will be several ways for the public to provide input: by commenting on their website, a hotline phone number that will be made available, and at a public comment session at the Monday, November 16 meeting.


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