Charter school asking to open in alternate location

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts will not be opening in its planned building for the start of this school year. Instead, the school is now asking the Richmond School Board to approve an alternate location.

The charter school's leaders want to open in a temporary space with up to a one year lease. That way the school can open August 11, as planned.

The proposed building is vacant space in the Woodland Heights Baptist Church, which is located at 611 W. 31st Street, only three blocks away from the school site.

In a letter obtained by NBC12, sent by the Patrick Henry School Board to the Richmond School Board, the following is detailed as the reason the school will not be ready in time.

"Construction was scheduled to begin on the PHSSA building on April 15, 2010. However, PHSSA Board just received a message yesterday to begin lease negotiations and we anticipate it will take at least several days to get finalized.  In addition, because of a lack of a lease, permits and financing have not been obtained.  The PHSSA Board anticipates that it is unlikely that these issues will be resolved in time to start construction in a timely manner and to have the ADA compliance and safety issues addressed in the Patrick Henry School building, so that school can start in the Patrick Henry building on July 1, 2010."

We are told from Patrick Henry School Leaders that the Richmond School Board has agreed to discuss and vote on this request to use the temporary building, at its meeting set for May 3.

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