Rally to support Patrick Henry School move

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A few dozen parents were in and out of a rally Thursday night for Patrick Henry Charter School. School leaders are encouraging them to support their proposal to open the school at Woodland Heights Baptist Church next school year.

"We've invited the parents of accepted students to come out and to write letters to the school board members and also to give them a call to urge their support on Monday, May 3 for the approval of the temporary space," said Antione Green, CEO of Patrick Henry Charter School.

That temporary space at Woodland Heights is because school leaders have not raised the funds needed to make the school ADA compliant, something that's required before the doors can open for the first day of school.

"Anyone that has a child that's going to be attending should be there. Anybody who has an interest in Richmond public schools trying new things and having future opportunities for their students should attend," said parent Eric Richards.

"I just wanted to support the school because it just seems like it's a lot of controversy surrounding it and I just really wanted it to go forward," said parent Tiffany Ward.

While the school has support from parents, school board leaders are the ones that must be convinced the move is a good idea. Some of the concerns from school board members have them hesitant about approving this proposal. We'll be speaking with them on Monday and let you know once a decision is made.

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