Community meeting

Richmond School Board votes to hold community meeting for George Wythe High School

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – The Richmond Public School Board voted Monday to hold a meeting for community members concerned about the construction timeline for a new George Wythe High School.

The meeting will include details on university program plans and Mayor Levar Stoney’s request for proposal. The council decided not to act on the request of the mayor to collaborate in the construction of Wythe.

“People hear this and they assume these people don’t want to compromise when that’s not exactly what’s happening here. What happens is that we were offered something that was not what we asked for. It’s not a compromise,” said board member Stephanie Rizzie.

The community meeting on George Wythe, scheduled for the week of July 12, will include time for public comment.

At Monday night’s meeting, school board members thought for more than an hour about whether to hold the community meeting.

Some initially said it was premature since the members did not have the positions in place needed to move forward with building the school. Others said it was necessary to show the community that they were making progress in the process. In the end, all members except Board Chair Cheryl Burke voted to hold the meeting.

The members have decided that the meeting will take place during the week of July 12, but no official date has been set. However, the meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at George Wythe High School.

Previously, some school board members accused the city of already paying too much for three school renovations, so they voted to take control of the project. However, Mayor Levar Stoney is circumventing their wishes, this week asking for design proposals for the new building, saying the school board is ignoring the public’s request. However, Stoney admits he cannot legally control the process once the offers are received. he is trying to speed up the process, hoping that the school board will join in the next steps.

The council voted to write a letter to the mayor to say in matters of collaboration, thank you but no thank you.

“What I would say is that the mayor doesn’t seem to respect the authority given to the school board by the state constitution. That’s how I would say,” said board member Kenya Gibson.

This is a developing story.

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