It is with mixed emotions of sorrow and excitement that I write to you today. June 29th will be my last day in Richmond because I will be departing for Portland, Oregon. My wife and I are uprooting from a place and people we have truly come to love and call home for the past decade, to be closer to family and seek new job opportunities for this next stage of life.
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.
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:
It represents this School Board’s first step and first opportunity to address long-standing facility needs.
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.
Wow, what a list of accomplishments in our first year. All thanks to you and the many voices who responded to our call.
Funding solutions for RPS are being proposed today! Get educated and involved in the conversation to move our city forward.
A special Friday night City Council meeting on the budget! Read about what's being decided and how you can help.
Wins, losses, and the aftermath of a long budget discussion. Also, cool events!
A historic night for community voices and support in Richmond, but what needs to occur to make supporting education a fiscal reality?
Historic night for Richmond begins at 6pm in City Hall, you need to be there!
Next year (FY17) RPS admin is requesting $39 million for school maintenance, while the Mayor is offering $5 million. Projected in the next five-years, this gap will grow to $81 million. How did we get here?
The Mayor, City Council, and School Board sit down to discuss education and there was a lot to talk about.