RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The doors at Patrick Henry Charter School will likely not be ready to open in time for the next school year. School leaders still need more than $100,000 in funding to complete the projects needed to operate. One major project: making the building ADA compliant.
"A whole lot of things happened," said school CEO, Antione Green. "We have to take into consideration the current state of the economy. A lot of contributors a lot of foundations are not giving as they did 5-6 years ago."
So Green is hoping to move the school to the Woodland Heights Baptist Church just around the corner for the first year. Patrick Henry would lease space at the church until the appropriate funding is raised to operate out of the building on Semmes. The likely move, however, is getting mixed reviews.
"I think for this upcoming year, I don't want to put my kids into 2 experimental situations," said parent, Kirsten Perkinson.
"(I'm) still very excited," said school principal, Pamela Boyd. "As long as we can still open that's the most important thing. The children come first."
Boyd is still excited to be a part of the administrative staff despite the red tape preventing the school from opening as planned. The church can still house the same number of students as anticipated. Richmond public school board leaders must now approve this change.