School Board hires Richmond Public Schools CFO, approves Patrick Henry principal

After going more than two years without a full-time chief financial officer, Richmond Public Schools has finally hired a permanent replacement. The School Board voted last night to hire Paul Andrew Hawkins, who most recently served in a similar capacity for Fauquier County Public Schools.

Patrick Henry School’s fate in question… again

The final act in the saga of the Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts charter school may well end with a hostage crisis at tonight’s Richmond School Board meeting. The Richmond School Board has indicated to Patrick Henry’s leaders that it will not approve hiring the school’s first principal, Pam Boyd, unless the charter’s leaders sign a lease that potentially dooms the school.

Richmond Ambulance Authority MVP threatens to walk

A long-simmering political battle for the leadership of the Richmond Ambulance Authority’s governing board threatens to lead to the departure of one of the organization’s most valuable employees.

Charter school votes offer unprecedented insight

On Monday night, Richmond’s School Board ok’d Patrick Henry School’s temporary relocation to Woodland Heights Baptist Church. With that vote, Richmonders got something to chew on, too, thanks to a Round Robin-style forum prior to the vote during which each member gave a mini-stump speech to explain their reasoning.

An investor steps up for Patrick Henry — with a catch

Even as the School Board prepares to vote tonight on whether to allow the city’s first charter to open in an alternate location for its first year, Paul Goldman — local pundit — says he has lined up a willing investor ready to step forward and renovate the Patrick Henry Elementary School building for free.

New lease on life

One of the biggest hurtles confronting the nascent Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts – a lease to its building on Semmes Avenue – may soon be cleared. The Richmond School Board provided a proposed, but as yet unsigned, lease for the Patrick Henry Elementary School building to the Patrick Henry board on April 15.

Alternative (and questionable) test to be phased out

An alternative test once used by school districts to cheat their way around Virginia testing requirements – the state’s Standards of Learning Tests – will soon no longer be available, according to changes announced by the Virginia Department of Education.

Velvet van vandalized

Oh, what is the world coming to when a couple of pole dancers can’t go for an ice cream treat without drawing fire – or at the very least, poorly rendered graffiti slurs — from militant feminists?

A Richmond vignette

A quick conversation with Civil War enthusiasts at A.P. Hill’s monument reveals more about Richmond than you’d think… and highlights what makes this town so damn complicated.

Patrick Henry updates: funds, friends, and foes

Despite Gov. Bob McDonnell’s sponsorship for Tuesday night’s Patrick Henry School fundraiser, the cocktail dresses and tailored suits mingling about were mostly stuffed with city political and schools leaders. They ran occasional strafing sorties on two tables of vegan-safe hors d’oeuvres, but most checkbooks stayed in purses or pockets.