The Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts received the five-year commitment it wanted, not the three-year term that school administrators suggested. The school also received a strong indication that it would get the lease terms on its building that will allow it to pursue financing to make capital improvements.
“I think we heard this is a really strong chance to increase enrollment in Richmond Public Schools and to offer choice,” 1st District member Glen H. Sturtevant Jr. said in making a motion for the five-year term.
His motion was supported by Chairman Jeff M. Bourne, of the 3rd District; Vice Chairman Donald L. Coleman, 7th; Kim B. Gray, 2nd; Kristen N. Larson, 4th; and Mamie L. Taylor, 5th.
Shonda M. Harris-Muhammed, 6th; Derik Jones, 8th; and Tichi L. Pinkney Eppes, 9th, opposed the measure.