Patrick Henry Charter School needs ADA renovations

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – From the outside, Patrick Henry Charter School may look ready to open this summer, but there's still a lot of work to be done. School leaders must make the building ADA compliant, or handicap accessible, before school starts. But that move comes with a $300,000-$400,000 price tag.

"I'm very confident that we're going to raise that money," said Krista Simmerman, Director of Volunteers for the school. "We've already had some checks coming in."

Patrick Henry is considered a new school despite being in an old building and is therefore required to be ADA compliant. A quick tour through the building shows the work that still needs to be done.

"If you can imagine being in a wheelchair from the street, there's steps coming up here so we're having to design another route," said Camden Whitehead, facility director.

It'll take about 9 weeks to complete all of the necessary renovations but school leaders need the money about 12 weeks in advance to get all the necessary permits. These things must be completed before the school opens in August.

The front staircase would have to have a lift for someone in a wheelchair, handicap adjustments are needed in the kitchen as well as out on the playground. Despite the hefty price tag, school leaders look forward to the school's opening in August.

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