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Richmond School Board approves funding for three new positions overseeing new school construction

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Posted at 12:24 AM, May 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-18 08:24:24-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The funding to hire three people who will oversee new school construction in Richmond was officially approved Monday night.

This decision was made in a unanimous vote after Richmond School Board's decision to approve next year's budget.

The nearly $347 million general fund budget includes $500,000 for all three positions combined for the Fiscal Year 2022 that begins July 1.

Richmond Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras created these positions following weeks of debate on whether Richmond Public Schools or Richmond City would take over the construction of the new George Wythe High School.

Anticipating discussion by the board in regards to the new George Wythe, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney wrote a letter to the school board advocating the city and school board collaborate on the construction.

The board voted to hold off discussion on the Mayor's letter until a later date.

The approved budget also included funding for new construction and a teacher pay raise.

The next Richmond School Board meeting is scheduled for June 7.