Richmond (Va.) School Board Again Debates Closing Schools

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

On a 5-4 vote during a heated Monday work session, the Richmond School Board agreed to begin a process the prevailing side hopes will lead to the closure of Clark Springs Elementary School, the Adult Career Development Center and the old Norrell Elementary building, which currently houses a preschool center.

The plan also calls for reopening part of the open enrollment process and beginning a citywide communication blitz to let people know what’s happening.

A second motion to close four other schools — Carver, Fisher, Fox and Ginter Park elementary schools — failed on a vote of 5-4.

The contentious idea of bringing back the topic started when the board voted 6-3 to rescind an April 22 vote to not close any schools next year.

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