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Multi-Million Dollar Price Tag to Fix Problems at Richmond Schools

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -  Richmond Public Schools needs at least 35 million dollars for projects that need to be completed immediately.

Thursday night the Richmond school board received an eye-opening presentation on what needs to be fixed.

At the top of problem list – HVAC units.  Nearly 20 million dollars needs to be spent to fix or replace them.  7.5 million dollars is needed for roofs and just over 4 million bucks for basic life, health, and safety improvements.

“These are necessities?” asked 8News Senior Reporter Nate Eaton.

“That is correct. That is correct,” responded Richmond School Assistant Superintendent Thomas Krantz.   “This isn't things I'd like to have - these are things that I need right now today.”

Administrators have spent months inspecting every school and building.  Problems were found that have been around for decades.

“We need to do them within the next year,” said Richmond School Board member Kristen Larson.

Right now teachers and staff are doing what they can to get by

“They're using sometimes bubble gum and rubber bands to try to do some things,” said Krantz.  “There's times where literally they're trying to do that.”

Leaders say it's time to act and get things fixed.

“This will also give our children something so they can have a sense of pride,” said Richmond School Board Member Mamie Taylor.

“Where do you come up with 35 million bucks?” asked Eaton.

“We're gonna look at many options,” responded RPS Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden. “There's not just about asking for more, more, more.  It's also about trying to be creative.”

For a list of all the repairs, click here: Richmond Public Schools Report

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