Henrico schools in line for $3 million in upgrades

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – Henrico schools from east to west are in line for millions of dollars in improvements. School leaders are working this week to figure out how to spend $3 million in stimulus funds.

We met school board chairman Lamont Bagby at Henrico High School, which he attended in the mid-90's. It's a place that's showing its age. So now, the school is in line for an upgrade.

LAMONT: "The field repairs, for track, and also the football field repairs."

ANDY: "And so, this isn't just what Lamont  Bagby wants, this is what the community has told you is important?"

LAMONT: "Sure, sure."

Bagby is in the enviable position of having $600,000 in federal stimulus money to spend on his eastern Henrico district. And he's looking at several athletic improvements, including, quite literally, leveling the playing field.

LAMONT: "If a guy my size is running toward you, and you're standing on the sidelines, it is a dip right here, and it  is an opportunity for injury."

ANDY: "You're gonna get hit pretty bad if you're in the one in this position."

Bagby and the four other school board members will equally split a total of $3 million for small or medium sized projects in their respective areas. For Bagby, that includes tennis court upgrades, and gym renovations. Other things, too, but they're still secret for now.

"We've always looked for dollars, such as this, when they are available to do this, upgrade facilities," Bagby said.

The work is expected to be complete in short order, and used only for one-time expenses.

"A lot of localities had to utilize those dollars to balance their budgets. And so we're in a position now to  utilize those dollars in several different ways, and this is one," Bagby said.

We reached out to other school board members, who declined to reveal their improvement projects until Thursday's school board meeting. That day, the school board will also discuss spending the stimulus money on anti-bullying training and GPS devices for school buses.

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