Two ‘unique’ schools open in Richmond

Posted at 12:49 PM, Jan 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-02 12:49:52-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - City and school leaders say Richmond's two new elementary schools will help to better prepare students for the 21st century. Oak Grove–Bellemeade and Broad Rock Elementary Schools, both on Richmond's Southside, opened to students for the first time Wednesday.

“There are no schools like these in the city of Richmond,” Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones said in a statement. “It was very exciting to open these two schools today and to see the look on the children’s faces as they entered their new classrooms.”

Both schools feature wireless technology and "dedicated small group learning spaces."

“These new schools afford our students the opportunity to experience wonderful learning environments that are equipped with 21st century technology that will further promote student achievement and help our children to continue to excel. These schools are citadels of hope for the students, the families and the communities they serve,” Richmond Public School Superintendent, Dr. Yvonne Brandon said in a statement.

Oak Grove–Bellemeade cost $20,689,189 to build. Broad Rock's construction costs came to $19,882,309.