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Richmond Schools Superintendent in Boston for final interview

Posted at 11:26 AM, Feb 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-25 11:26:24-05

RICHMOND, Va. --  Richmond Public School Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden flew to Massachusetts on Wednesday for his last interview with Boston school leaders.  Bedden is a finalist for the superintendent position for Boston Public Schools. News of Bedden’s possible move to Boston broke a week ago when the Richmond School Board held a closed door meeting.  During the meeting, the board talked about the possibility of Dr. Bedden accepting a position in Boston, sources told CBS 6 News.

Since then, about 700 people have signed a ‘Better with Bedden’ petition in an effort to convince Dr. Bedden to stay in Richmond.

Bedden has been superintendent of Richmond Public Schools for about 13 months.  Recently, he started to implement major changes. So far this month, he closed mold-infested Elkhardt Middle School and announced that teachers at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School could be let go and asked to re-interview for their positions.

Richmond School Board members scheduled a special meeting for March 3 at 6p.m. Board members are expected to discuss the next superintendent, in case Bedden is offered and accepts the Boston job.