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Mayor: Fixing Richmond schools requires comprehensive approach

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Mayor Dwight Jones held a press conference Monday to talk about school repair needs (Source: NBC12). Mayor Dwight Jones held a press conference Monday to talk about school repair needs (Source: NBC12).
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Mayor Dwight Jones urged a comprehensive approach to fixing Richmond schools Monday, as school leaders pressed for $35 million in needed repairs.

Mayor Jones agreed the students need proper facilities to learn, but said the school maintenance issues can't be addressed on their own. Instead, he said the school issues go well beyond building maintenance.

"Performance, enrollment, graduation and dropout rates have got to be at the core of the discussion when it comes to doing the best we can for our young people," said Jones.

Mayor Jones also talked about right-sizing the district, a plan which could require school closures. The mayor said discussions need to be had about funding for a right-sizing study.

With school starting in 15 days, the mayor says the City is addressing issues, but noted everything will not be fixed by the first day of school.

He said the City is looking into several financing options, including public-private partnerships, tax exempt private activity bonds, the use of tax credits, capital leases and other borrowing options.

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