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Supporters call for action on George Mason Elementary School

Amid rumors that George Mason ES might be getting moved into the Franklin Military building, supporters from the elementary school showed up at last night’s School Board meeting to draw attention to the physical condition of the school:

Some classrooms at the century-old Church Hill school are sweltering, while children wear jackets in others. Teachers begin their days by wiping rodent droppings from students’ desks, said Ingrid DeRoo, the George Mason site coordinator for Communities in Schools of Richmond.

“Some teachers wear breathing masks all day in order to teach,” DeRoo said of the air quality in what is widely acknowledged to be the district’s worst school building among dozens in need of major repairs.

Back in 2009, the School Board voted to renovate/rebuild 4 schools, with the 5th in line being George Mason Elementary. The four schools directly ahead of George Mason – Huguenot High School, Martin Luther King Middle School, Broad Rock Elementary, and Oak Grove Elementary – have been remade as beautiful, modern schools. It is time to do something about George Mason.

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28 comments

Sarah Frank 06/21/2017 at 7:39 AM

Thank you Ingrid for speaking for the staff and children a your school. Having a family in Richmond, it is my hopes that the school system betters itself, and brings more families to the area. With people like you on board and speaking out, you are greatly apart of that change!

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Dave Seibert 06/21/2017 at 12:12 PM

Yes. Thank you Ingrid!

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Robert J. Smith III 06/22/2017 at 5:21 AM

Did the playground get fixed? I wrote the mayor after not hearing back from the City Council member when I heard about its condition.

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Kshawna Franklin 06/22/2017 at 6:46 PM

Its about time something is being done. I am a parent who walk her kids to George Manson Elementary every day and witness the non sense that goes inside of there school. These kids deserve so much more. As a parent you always wants the best for you child/chidren. Thank you Ms.Deroo for speaking out. It really means a lot.

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Kevin Moore 06/23/2017 at 8:53 AM

They did a wonderful job fixing this playground it’s still like this

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Diamond Branch 07/27/2017 at 11:14 AM

I want to help, what can be done to help? I don’t want my elementary school to close!!

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