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EDUCATION

Richmond officials have set aside $32 million for repairsat nearly 50 school buildings Link

Two years after coming up with a playbook on how Richmond’s public schools will benefit from the Washington Redskins, officials disagree about whether it’s being followed. Link

The cost of removing debris and replacing equipment after 11 playground fires over the past two years is nearing $1 million, nearly 10 percent of Richmond Public Schools’ overall maintenance and improvement budget for that period. Link

Mayor Jones

Jones, it would appear, can’t handle the truth. Instead, he comes off looking stingy on school maintenance, lavish on spending for private-sector sports teams and indifferent about the safety and comfort of the city’s school children. Link

No matter the efforts of the school system’s maintenance staff — and they’re struggling against leaky roofs, damp basements and broken air conditioning systems, among other problems — the city’s four dozen schools still need hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency, short- and long-term repairs and renovations and, in some cases, replacement. Link

Just when Richmond school leaders thought things couldn’t get worse, an unexpected discovery at one of the district’s largest high schools has left them scrambling to get repairs done. Link

An eye opening report from the Richmond city auditor was released at Monday night’s school board meeting. The audit focused on nutrition services, training and development, and workers compensation. Link

Mayor Dwight C. Jones took issue with a report that Richmond Public Schools needs tens of millions of dollars for maintenance issues, saying the city has bigger school needs than leaky roofs and faulty air conditioners. Link

A defiant Mayor Dwight C. Jones rebuffed overtures from school officials for tens of millions of dollars for maintenance issues, saying the city has bigger school needs than leaky roofs and faulty air conditioners. Link

The Ashe Center does not have a functioning AC system and is available only when weather permits. Replacing four rooftop AC units is included on a new priority list from Richmond Public Schools, but several School Board members said the project would not be considered before work is complete in buildings that serve students. Link