Richmond School Board asking mayor for help

Posted at 6:06 PM, Aug 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-09 18:06:13-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – The Richmond School Board is reaching out to Mayor Dwight Jones and his school reform task force for help.

School Board Chairwoman Dawn Page sent a letter to the mayor asking for some assistance with implementing the school system's long-term goals. A few of those goals include improving teacher retention, finding unique sources of revenue and changing the perception of the school system.

The school board did not go along with most of the short-term fixes recommended by the task force earlier this year. Still, former Virginia Secretary of Education James W. Dyke Jr. is pleased to see the board reaching out.

"Having this dialogue is a real positive thing," Dyke told CBS 6. "There may be some areas where we think that maybe they could move a little faster or a little differently but the point is they're moving and we appreciate that."

The task force plans to meet with newly elected school board members to figure out how to move forward after the November election.