School board votes to move Fox students to Clark Springs by May 9

Published: Apr. 25, 2022 at 7:35 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 26, 2022 at 5:36 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The RPS school board voted unanimously to move Fox Elementary Students to Clark Springs Elementary. Still, it amended the motion to give Fox teachers more time to move into the renovated elementary school.

Based on feedback from Fox teachers, staff, and families, the administration recommended that Fox Elementary students should be moved to Clark Springs as early as Wednesday, May 4, but that time has been extended so that Fox students will have the entire week of May 2, with instruction expected to resume Monday, May 9

Kids have been heading to First Baptist Church for the past couple of months since the massive fire engulfed the old building.

Superintendent Jason Kamras gave an update last night saying nearly $890,000 has been budgeted for ongoing repairs, cleaning, and upgrades to Clark Springs.

Much of that work has been completed or is in progress including roof work and making sure the school was safe from mold.

New flooring will also be installed in the gym, over the summer.

Asbestos was found in the building, but RPS officials say contractors confirmed it would be fine, as long as it was left alone.

In a survey, a majority of both families and teachers at Fox Elementary said they were in favor of moving to Clark Springs as soon as possible.

Teachers will now begin relocating their classrooms in the upcoming days, aiming to add welcoming touches for the kids and reminders of Fox Elementary.

Clark Springs will be home to Fox students all next school year as well - until renovations to the old Fox building are complete.

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