More than $10 million needed for immediate repairs to RPS facilities

Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The school year is quickly approaching and Richmond Public Schools (RPS) have a few things they’re looking to work out before those first days. 

On Monday, the school board will be meeting to discuss maintenance repairs and job vacancies. 

Leaking roofs, a 30-year-old AC unit and an entire school in need of new windows are the most important points listed in an over $10 million emergency repair report being proposed at tonight’s meeting.

Overall, there are proposed 28 issues that need to be fixed, according to Chief Operating Officer Darin Simmons Jr.

The $10 million for these repairs are proposed to come from the over $13 million left in the RPS architectural and engineering account. 

In spring 2018, the board and administration discussed adding those funds to the $150 million from the Meals Tax for Phase I of the board’s facilities. But Simmons’ believes these emergency repairs outweigh that project.

Along with these issues, there are still 280 openings throughout RPS that need to be addressed.

Stay with 8News for updates. 

8News spoke with Susan Hawes, a first-grade teacher in Richmond, who says it’s time for the critical repairs to be taken care of. 

“It’s obviously terrible,” said Hawes. “They’ve been dealing with them for a long time.”

Ansley Perkins, a Richmond resident, also spoke with 8News about the conditions of schools in Richmond. 

“They are deplorable and it’s been a cycle of disinvestment in the city,” said Perkins.

Locals say they want city council members to allocate funds so repairs can be taken care of.

“Our students deserve much better,” Perkins told 8News, “our teachers deserve much better, our staff deserves much better.”

School board officials say they are committed to the bettering school conditions for students. They are asking for communities to help make the necessary repairs. 

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