Charter school students selected in lottery

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – There were screams of excitement Thursday night as one by one parents heard their number called meaning their child would attend the Commonwealth's first charter school. Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts is scheduled to open in July of this year. But its opening depends on Richmond Public School leaders forking over nearly $300,000 to help the school meet certain requirements.

"I'll be less than candid if I didn't say it wasn't a concern," said school CEO, Antione Greene. "It is concern you know? We're working very diligently with the Richmond school board to get a resolution on per people funding."

While tonight was a celebratory night for some, others are betting on next year.

"Actually we did not get in," said parent, Joy Simpson. "We're just very pleased that the children that did get in are going to be in a school setting that will be great for Richmond's children."

Some of the students that did not get in will be placed on a waiting list for the upcoming school year. Those that made it are going home to celebrate.

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