RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney called on the city’s school board Wednesday to “do the right thing” and work alongside his administration as it moves forward with plans to replace George Wythe High School as quickly as possible.

Stoney addressed his concerns with the timeline for replacing the high school at his weekly press briefing, calling the effort “long overdue” and revealing the city will request design proposals for construction plans for a new school on Thursday and begin early site work “in the coming weeks.”

“We were prepared to release the RFP for design services in late April but the school board vote on April 12 derailed our efforts to issue that RFP,” Stoney said. “I’m here today to share that I’m offering RPS another opportunity for diplomacy, another opportunity to join the city in a collaborative effort to get a new George Wythe High School built.”

Stoney noted that while the initial timeline of 2024 was out the window, RPS Superintendent Jason Kamras’ expectations for 2027 would take far too long.

“This timeline, as I’ve said before, is unacceptable. Unacceptable. It’s unacceptable to me and especially not acceptable to the families and the children of the George Wythe community,” the mayor told reporters Wednesday. “We may have lost our original timeline of 2024 due to the school board’s actions but we are committed, we stand committed to doing everything we can to accomplish the shortest possible timeline for procurement and construction.”

During the press conference, Stoney said he and City Council members wrote a letter to the Richmond School Board “over a month ago” about the ways to improve their collaboration and the board’s participation in the process.

“But I got no response. Crickets. I got no response,” Stoney claimed. “Despite vice chair Jonathan Young’s adamant insistence that his colleagues were eager to collaborate and work with the city government. No response.”

Stoney mentioned a recent conservation he had with Young about the issue where Young called it a “tragic failure.”

“I couldn’t agree more. It is tragic, it’s a true tragedy when we let our students and their families down,” Stoney said.

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