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Richmond school leaders discuss urgently needed repairs


The Richmond School Board is holding a special meeting, Thursday night, over repairs needed in schools across the city. Sources close to school administrators say the assistant superintendent, Tommy Kranz, will be giving a new report on what needs to be fixed at schools, as soon as possible.

The school board may be asking the city for more than $20 million in rapid funding to get schools up to par.

Less than two months ago, Kranz led a facilities task force on a tour of Richmond schools, highlighting some of the major problems. At George Mason Elementary, there were exposed bathroom lights and water leaks that threatened to cause mold. The group wasn't allowed in the basement of Swansboro Elementary, because of air quality issues.

Richmond School Board member Kim Gray says Richmond schools have not all been satisfactory.

"The standard has always been… meeting minimum health and safety. But our schools have not always met that," said Gray, who helps oversee the task force.

However, Gray believes the new superintendent and administration are already taking steps toward change. "I think with the new administration, you're going to see a lot more accountability to our families and the schools we put our children in."

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