RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Patrick Henry Charter School will be open for the first day of school this August. Richmond public school members just voted to approve a proposal to move the school temporarily, while the original building is renovated.
The Woodland Heights Baptist Church is the new temporary home for Patrick Henry Charter School. Monday night, Richmond public school board members voted to approve a proposal to allow the school to be housed here until the Semmes Avenue location is renovated.
"It's the first charter school in Richmond. It's the first time for us the charter school folks. It's the first time for the local school board. First of anything it's going to take a long time. Hopefully the next charter school that comes along it'll be an easier process for everyone," said Kristen Larson, Patrick Henry Charter School.
It's been a long fight for school leaders who had hoped to come up with the money needed to renovate the building in time for school. That plan however fell short and a denied proposal by the board tonight would set them back. The final decision came down to the school board chair.
"The board voted 2 years ago to approve the charter agreement so to me this was just another step in that process. It's a tricky process, it's not without hazards along the way but I think the board is committed to innovation and school reform," said Kim Bridges, Chair of Richmond Public Schools.
The original building has been leased to the charter school leaders until it's ready. Now they're working to get things in line for August.
And while they do that you can bet they're working to get all the funding needed to operate the school for the following year. So far they have solidified some of the money needed for renovations.