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RPS announces facilities task force

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Richmond's school board is taking action after parents voice concerns about the condition of facilities.

The board announced the creation of a new facilities task force in the same week that issues at Fairfield Elementary School forced the transfer of students.

The new group will look into issues with RPS facilities, including places where your kids go to school, facility maintenance, surplus properties, finance and sports facilities needs. 

A leaky roof at Fairfield Elementary was bad enough to send hundreds of students to a different school for the rest of the year. Friday is their last day of classes in the rundown building.

Problems with Richmond Public Schools facilities have long plagued the district. Many of the buildings where kids are educated are decades old and in poor condition.

The school board is asking for members of the public to help out on the task force. Anyone can apply, but if you have experience in real estate, architecture, construction and other similar areas, you'll have a better chance of getting in.

The group will start work over the summer, and the goal is to have recommendations ready to consider by the fall.

The deadline to apply for the task force is May 2. You can submit an application online or mail it in. 

Click here to visit the application page: http://web.richmond.k12.va.us/AboutRPS/FacilitiesTaskForce.aspx

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