A funding issue regarding design money for a new high school on the South Side appears to be headed for a relatively quick resolution.
On Monday, the Richmond Planning Commission approved Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s proposal to transfer $7.3 million to Richmond Public Schools Control to pay for an architect to design and manage construction of a replacement for George Wythe High School.
The city council is set to vote on the transfer on Monday December 13 and there appears to be majority support, despite some concerns that the school system will retain control of the school building process rather than to hand it over to the city.
However, before the vote, Mayor Stoney, school board and city council members are due to hold an education pact meeting on Monday, November 29, where the question of the potential size and cost of a new school secondary should be discussed. .
The school board is looking to build a school for around $110 million that could accommodate 1,600 students, while Mayor Stoney has pushed for a $140 million school to accommodate 2,000 students.
Meanwhile, an RPS committee is evaluating responses from nine architectural firms competing for the school’s design project.
School board vice president Jonathan M. Young, 4th District, said Wednesday that the design contract is expected to be awarded in mid-January, rather than December as he had hoped.
Despite the delay, he said there was still a chance the school could be completed in 2024.
“We need the design work to start as soon as possible,” he said.