Henrico, Va. July 30, 2021 — Henrico County Public Schools will receive $78.32 million as part of the third installment of the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Act, signed into law in March. Members of the community are invited to weigh in on the school division’s draft spending plan for its portion of the federal funds. For more information on the proposal, go to www.henricoschools.us/budget-finance/.
You can voice your views on the draft plan by making comments at an Aug. 12 public hearing or by using an online feedback form:
Public hearing before the School Board
- When: Aug. 12 at 5 p.m.
- Where: New Bridge Learning Center Auditorium, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
(Those who are not fully vaccinated should wear a mask.)
Use a feedback form available at www.henricoschools.us/budget-finance/.
The School Board is expected to decide on the plan Aug. 26.
Some proposals included in the draft are:
- Renovation, replacement and improvements to facilities at the Campus of Virginia Randolph. These include creation of a hub at the school to connect students with community services; new spaces for expanded special education programming and services; expanded career and technical education initiatives; more space and programming for alternative education; and space for HCPS’ adult learning program.
- Continued funding of key positions funded through earlier installments of American Rescue Plan funding, including:
- Reading specialists.
- School counselors.
- Library assistants.
- Continue expanded Summer Academy offerings in 2022 and 2023 for all students in pre-K through grade 12.
- Continue providing key instructional resources for teaching.
- Expand opportunities for remediation programming.
- Update and repair student laptops and devices.
- Improvements to part of the former Highland Springs High School building to create space for a new hub, to open in 2022, that will better connect students with community services.
- Expand divisionwide family engagement efforts, including replacing HCPS’ community engagement bus with three vans, funding family workshops, and better connecting families to community and division resources and initiatives.