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Richmond city councilors express concern over superintendent's departure

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

City council members expressed concern at a meeting Wednesday night over the unexpected departure of Richmond Schools Superintendent, Dr. Yvonne Brandon.

Councilors fired questions at School Board Chair Jeff Bourne. They want to know where the school system is headed and if the board has too much on its plate after only four months on the job.

The board faces closing several schools, trying to increase student enrollment and now, finding a new superintendent.

Bourne tried to ease those concerns.

"We are in a period of transition with respect to the superintendent," Bourne said. "But I think it's clear the school board has the oversight and the authority to run the school system."

Still, council members suggested that the school board pump the brakes on its ambitious plan to tackle school issues. Bourne insisted that there's no time to waste.

"I'm still trying to figure out, with the changing of the superintendent, where the priorities are going to be," said city council member Parker Agelasto. 

Bourne wants the school board to change directions to improve the school system. Councilors wonder when a new superintendent comes in, if they will change directions all over again.

Bourne said Richmond students are the board's top priority and that won't change, even when the superintendent does.

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