6th District School Board candidate Jason Thompson proposes breaking up MLK Middle School and adding a new school in Whitcomb Court.
“When you have a system that is pretty much promoting poverty, it’s not going to work,” he explained. The school currently serves [four] of Richmond’s public housing developments.
His proposal is to build two new schools, a general middle school on the site where the vacant Whitcomb Court School currently sits, and a satellite high school on Dove Street.
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The MLK Middle School attendance zone, which includes Whitcomb Court, Mosby Court, Creighton Court, Fairfield Court, a portion of Chestnut Plateau, Blackwell, and Fulton. (Click to view larger.) As recently as 2004, the area was served by 3 middle schools (Onslow Minnis, Chandler, and Mosby).