Facilities Plan Background

Facilities Plan Background

In this update we provide information to help address concerns raised at the November 6th School Board meeting, but as we wait for Superintendent Kranz to release recommended options, we need your help to remind the School Board to act in 2017.

Before the meeting on Monday, November 20th, please contact your School Board member to approve emergency facilities actions before 2017. You can contact them via email (homepage), or phone (School Board). 

If you want to go next-level, please show up to City Hall, 2nd floor Council Chambers, at 6pm on Monday to speak during public comment. Also, we need more of voices of those directly impacted by failing school facilities, so reach out and get them into the conversation.

Our government will only be as accountable as you make it. The time to speak out is now!

Thriving Richmond Survey

Thriving Richmond Survey

Before we have another meet up to establish a common agenda for 2018, we decided that a survey could help us (1) identify areas of common cause and gaps, and (2) begin to identify priority action steps to inform future discussion.

Please complete one survey per organization/group by next Friday (11/24) at Noon.

The survey will take 15 minutes to complete. Information gathered will be shared collectively within the Thriving Richmond network.

Thriving Richmond: Next Step

Thriving Richmond: Next Step

Good budgets and policies will only be as sustainable and accountable as we, the public, make it. That’s why it is imperative that we build a collective impact network in Richmond.

If you are interested in being a part of the Thriving Richmond organizing team (STAY RVA, Support Our Schools, Building a Better RPS, and Richmond Council of PTAs) that will help determine next steps, show up to Urban Farmhouse Scott’s Addition on Wednesday (November 8th) at 4:30pm. Contact Rupa Murthy at email or (804) 683-3796 with any questions.

November 6th, Your Voice

November 6th, Your Voice

Budgets are important because they show our real intentions. We, the people, need to let our elected representatives know that next year’s budget (and Capital Improvements Plan or CIP) is where we demand to see major action on school facilities. The problem, is that we’re running out of time.

If ten (10) people were to speak during public comment at the School Board meeting (17th floor City Hall) on November 6th at 6pm and call for action on school facilities, the immediacy of this issue would be remembered. From my analysis, we need the School Board to (1) endorse a list of facilities actions (e.g. new construction, rezoning, community schools, etc.), and (2) appoint members to the Education Compact.

Arrival

Arrival

October 16th was supposed to be a big day for school facilities action. Now, the earliest action would be November 6th. We can't sit idly by and wait. I encourage you to voice your concerns to the School Board or speak during public comment tonight!

On November 7th your vote will decide whether the School Modernization referendum's short-term required action is necessary to overcome Richmond stagnation, or whether trust in Mayor Stoney's Education Compact will provide us the institutional change we so desperately need. Read our analysis to help inform your decision.

Thriving Education in Richmond

Thriving Education in Richmond

We know that schools alone cannot achieve the future of a world-class education system in Richmond, as challenges in transportation, housing, the economy, poverty, racism, immigration policy, criminal justice, the environment, physical and mental health, all directly impact the classroom.

It’s time we gathered to deconstruct the professional and class divides within or community. The divide of RVA and Richmond.

37 Days

37 Days

To realize Mayor Stoney's promise of fully funding phase one of the facilities plan, the School Board has 37 days to endorse a plan of action. What schools are included? How does it all get funded?

Join with us to hold our elected officials accountable in solving our most critical issue. 

The March for October

The March for October

Separate and unequal, segregated, failing school facilities in Richmond are monuments to white supremacy. Each day longer this system is tolerated and perpetuated, they win.

The next 59 days leading to October 16th are crucially important to addressing this wrong and writing a new future for Richmond. We need your help! 

Mason, a symbol of RVA and Richmond

Mason, a symbol of RVA and Richmond

The School Board will hold a 6pm public hearing on Monday, July 31st at Mason Elementary to consider actions before the school year start. This has the opportunity to become a monumentally important step for Richmond for two reasons:

  1. It represents this School Board’s first step and first opportunity to address long-standing facility needs.

  2. The coalition of north, south, and west side Richmonders showing up to support the east side Mason community is a positive step in addressing our RVA and Richmond divide.

However, the School Board could just as easily vote to do nothing. Doing nothing is a choice to continue the status quo of a broken commitment to our children as realized through failing school facilities. This perpetuates the divide between RVA and Richmond.

It's time for you to stand up and make sure action is taken to move Richmond Forward. 

Hot Summer Monday Nights

Hot Summer Monday Nights

The Compact and future of Mason Elementary could be decided on two Monday nights in the heat of Richmond's summer. You'll want to read about what needs to be done and how you can make an impact. 

Mason Takes Centerstage

Mason Takes Centerstage

Today we're in the same emergency situation for Mason Elementary. The difference is that it’s not the warnings of a facilities plan or Superintendent Kranz, but a coalition of Mason community members speaking up. It's up to us as a Richmond community whether we will stand in support to move these kids to safety. If we are serious about being ONE Richmond, we need to act now.

The Compact: An RVA Joint

The Compact: An RVA Joint

As Mayor Stoney's Compact heads to a public hearings on July 17th and 24th, you'll want to read about the latest changes, public reaction, and what to expect. Also, bonus material on what advocates can do to improve the quality of our public discourse!

The Compact: Climbing the Ladder

The Compact: Climbing the Ladder

The Compact is an essential step to moving Richmond forward, but change is needed to achieve Mayor Stoney's goal of ONE Richmond. Read to learn how we can get there and what Arnstein's ladder has to teach us about community engagement. 

The Compact

Mayor Stoney’s proposed Education Compact could be the central vehicle through which we get a RPS facilities plan adopted and funded. The Compact’s framework provides an opportunity for Richmond to “get our house in order” by internally-aligning the Mayor’s administration, the School Board, and City Council to enact a system of transparency, cooperation, and efficiency.

Worst case scenario, this Compact becomes yet another effort mired in political strife and stagnation that continues our broken school system.  

Richmond Forward is not going to let that happen and you'll want to read why.