After nearly four months of nonstop action, the Richmond School Board paused Saturday to try to figure out what it wants to accomplish during its four-year term.
During a five-hour retreat at Broad Rock Elementary School, the board set aside its daily duties and let two facilitators lead in-depth discussions on beliefs, goals and strategies.
“I’m so glad we’re right here,” Vice Chairman Donald L. Coleman of the 7th District said early in the session. “This board inherited a strategic plan. At some point, this board has to have something that says, ‘This is where we’re heading.’ “
The board has seven newcomers among its nine members, and it has been clamoring for big change since it was seated in January. It received a pretty clear signal its call had been heard early in the week when Superintendent Yvonne W. Brandon announced her resignation, but there was barely a mention of that during the retreat.