Richmond Will Break Ground For Two New Schools
Richmond City Mayor Dwight Jones announced groundbreakings for two new elementary schools today, and for the first time ever, joined with the school board, and city council, to present a unified front to the legislative delegation. Charles Fishburne reports.
Ground-breaking is set later this month for a new Oak Grove Elementary and a new Broad Rock Elementary.
Jones: Our schools are so extremely old. The Broad Rock school that we're rebuilding is almost a hundred years old.
Mayor Dwight Jones.
Jones: The Oak Grove school that we're building a new school for was built in 1937.
And beginning next year, two more schools are on the way.
Jones: Absolutely. Next year we'll be building, Martin Luther King is going to be remodeled and added on to, and then we're gonna build the first new high school in Richmond in the last forty years, Hugenot High School.
He says it is happening now because of a new spirit of cooperation among council members, the school board and the city administration.
Jones: We've been talking about building new schools in Richmond for years and years, and we just haven't done it.
And the mayor led those sometimes warring factions in a unified presentation yesterday to the city’s legislators. And at the top of this year’s legislative wish list funding priorities, Richmond City schools.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News