Henrico superintendent discusses future plans, expectations ahead of school year

Henrico County

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico students will return to school next week. Before classes start back up, 8News spoke with Superintendent Dr. Amy Cashwell about what she’s expecting this upcoming school year.

Cashwell shared the future plans for Henrico County Public Schools, which include two new high schools and a new elementary school, in her conversation with anchor Katie Dupree.

“That’s correct, this year we will be breaking ground on some exciting project,” Cashwell told 8News. “A new Tucker High School, a new Highland Springs High School and also an elementary school in the Brookland District. And so a lot of planning has gone on in the previous school year to really think about programmatic needs and designs of the building, and now we are ready to get underway and making those visions a reality for our community.”

“Certainly these new projects,” Cashwell continued, “the replacement of the existing Tucker and Highland Springs high school will add some additional seats, as well as the elementary project. So that will certainly ease some of our capacity issues. but we know that coupled with that will be the need to do a comprehensive redistricting so that we can really look at seats across the school division and making sure that we are meeting each community’s needs.”

When asked about any redistricting plans that the county may have in the works and its impact, Cashwell said she hopes to keep families involved to help ease the process.

“Yes, we understand that redistricting will touch all of our families in Henrico and we want to make sure that we ease some of that apprehension by keeping them very involved in the process,” Cashwell explained. “So, we will be advertising those heavily throughout the year and we hope that our families will take advantage of being a part of those discussions and weighing in. Our school board absolutely values and counts on hearing from our community during an initiative like this.”

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