Students of the Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts, Richmond’s first charter school, resumed classes this morning in their newly renovated home.
Housed in the 90 year old Patrick Henry Elementary School on Semmes Avenue, the school underwent over $500,000 in renovations over a period of 6 months.
There were a number of changes made in the old building, the biggest being improvements that put the school in compliance with the American’s with Disabilities Act. New windows were installed for energy efficiency along with new kitchen equipment.
This has been a positive move for the charter school. Students and faculty had been meeting in the Woodland Heights Baptist Church nearby. Administrators can now resume discussions scheduled for January 17th. with the City School Board.
Last month, then chairwoman Kimberly Bridges raised concerns about the schools’ performance, curriculum and financial stability after a charter compliance review.
Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts is a K-5 elementary school with a curriculum focusing on science and the arts with an emphasis on enviromental awareness and social responsibility.