Henrico schools hope to increase help from faith-based groups

By Deon Guillory - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Henrico County school board gave the thumbs up to improvements for several schools. In the meantime, the school system hopes to get more help from outside groups.

The plan is to increase partnerships with faith-based groups - something teachers and administrators say is needed with budget cuts.

The district currently has 22 partnerships with faith-based groups.

According to the Times-Dispatch, the school system wants to have more mentoring, tutoring and donations of school supplies to disadvantaged students.

Teachers say its volunteers who help to make a difference in students' lives.

The superintendent says he understands the need for separation of church and state but the intent is to help students become better.

As the district reaches out to add volunteers, the school board approved its improvement plan.

The plan includes renovations to several schools including Henrico High.

$700,000 was approved for a new middle school in the county's east end.

The schools will submit the plan to the county's budget office in December.

The Board of Supervisors will get a recommended plan in January.

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