RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Charter schools are a key part of Governor Bob McDonnell's education plan. Tuesday night, he became personally involved in the effort to open Richmond's first charter school.
The governor hosted a private reception at the mansion for major donors and was the guest of honor at an event at the school itself.
He is hoping that private investment will close the gap the local school board cannot fill.
McDonnell personally donated $25,000 from his inaugural committee fund to the effort.
Patrick Henry received approval to open several years ago, but has been plagued by obstacles that have prevented it from starting to offer classes. McDonnell is hoping that his new plan for charter schools will make schools like Patrick Henry much easier to open in the future.
"What we want to do is to learn from some of the things that Patrick Henry has faced, build that in to the front end screening that the state board of education will do, so hopefully we can make the process faster for new charter schools to be approved," said McDonnell.
Patrick Henry officials are hopeful that this school will open its doors this summer in late July.
Governor McDonnell is hoping the school can be a model for other projects across Virginia.