RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - According to sources, Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden will stay in Richmond instead of competing for a position in Boston. Insiders say Bedden withdrew his name from the list of finalists compiled by a search committee in Boston.
Bedden's decision comes shortly before a vote in which Boston officials would decide who would become the new school superintendent there. The current-RPS leader had traveled there to interview for the position, prompting many in Richmond to plead for him to stay.
Bedden has only been at the helm of Richmond Public Schools for a little over a year. In that time, he has presented a school improvement plan and made what have been called critical decisions to change RPS schools and culture.
Right now, the school system is in the middle of the budget process. Bedden has presented a plan with a deficit to the school board. It was in the midst of discussing that proposal when news of Bedden's withdrawal broke.