Richmond school leaders discuss staff shortages, George Wythe construction updates

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. inside MLK Junior Middle School.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. inside MLK Junior Middle School.(cleared)
Published: Nov. 8, 2021 at 7:19 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 9, 2021 at 7:43 PM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - School leaders in Richmond discussed COVID-19 updates as well as updates on the construction of a new George Wythe High School.

Today, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney now wants to set aside $7.3 million for the school from the city’s capital improvements plan - meaning city council would have oversight.

Stoney says he is worried about the school being overcrowded on the first day - writing a letter to the board wondering why they refuse to work with him on his concerns.

Council will make a final decision regarding the funds on Dec. 13.

In regards to staffing shortages, According to agenda documents, there are now 94 teacher vacancies. That’s 25 more openings than they had at the beginning of October.

Superintendent Jason Kamras did note that RPS has seen a number of resignations due to the progressive punishments from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Kamras also noted the vaccination rate did increase after employees started losing a day of pay.

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