School Board votes preliminary approval of Richmond charter school

School Board votes preliminary approval of Richmond charter school

From NBC12 News

Richmond is another step closer to opening a charter school - the first of its kind for the city.

A vote to approve the school came after a long School Board meeting yesterday and the details are still not fully worked out.

The meeting started yesterday at 6 p.m. and ended nearly five hours later. At the end of the night, the vote was 5-2 in favor of approving the new Patrick Henry Charter School.

People for and against the measure packed City Hall last night for the historic decision. Some claim there are other priorities in the school district right now.

It was argued that the proposed funds for the school could be used for other emenities like athletic fields, bleachers and lights for those fields.

But those in favor wanted to see the creation of a charter school for the arts and sciences, and spoke passionately about the need for such a school in Richmond.

"I also like the Patrick Henry Charter School initiative because it's open to all children in the community," Rosemary Borne said. "I want my children to experience the cultural richness of children from different communities in the city of Richmond."

For those in favor of the school, the battle is only half over. The vote to approve the charter school was on the condition that those behind the initiative meet with the board to work out all the details within 90 days. The plan must also got to the state Education Dept. for approval.

The Patrick Henry School of the Arts and Sciences has a tentative opening date of 2009 and will house about 125 elementary-age children.

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