Possible pre-K consolidation in Richmond

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - In an effort to cut back spending Richmond Public Schools may create a Regional Pre-School Program, but that idea is not sitting well with some parents.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, there was a school board meeting last night, Richmond parents were angry over news that five pre-school programs could be consolidated into one regional school.

Here are the five elementary schools that could be affected: Fox, Munford, John B. Cary, Clark Springs and a pre-school development center in Church Hill would send all pre-schoolers to Maymont Elementary.

Some parents are upset because the regional program will separate brothers and sisters. The older ones will attend their designated elementary schools, while the pre-schoolers will be shipped to the regional center.

It's reported that consolidating classes will save Richmond Public Schools about $240,000.

Maymont Elementary is set to close in the fall. Students there are transferring to Clark Springs Elementary.

School leaders say, the regional center would give a second life to the otherwise abandoned school.

The decision on this is expected to be made in the coming weeks.

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