A Note from Kim Bridges 1st District School Board Representative, Richmond

Richmond City School Board Rep, Kim Bridges, occasionally sends a note to constituents via email. She sent this one out tonight — specifically addressing the proposed preschool changes for VPI and Mary Munford — which also made the front page of the paper today. She welcomes you to join her on Monday, May 24th at Mary Munford to discuss the proposal.

1st District Families and supporters,

I want to give all 1st District parties an opportunity to participate and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of the proposal to consolidate West End VPI classes into a Pre-School Center at Maymont.

We’ll meet at Mary Munford on Monday 5/24 at 6:30 to discuss the proposal and how it would impact VPI children, families, and the Munford community. I want to have a shared, productive dialogue with all views aired to get everyone (including me) the background they need to make an informed and productive decision about the program.

Hope you can be there.

Also, RCHS is no longer in the 1st, but the news release below is stellar. (And the usage of the former site of this program, the Westhampton Building, will be the topic of Councilman Tyler’s Town Hall meeting on Tuesday 5/25. Although the school district no longer has control of that building, I’ll try to be at the Tuesday meeting as well to update others on RPS goings-on.)

Dr. Yvonne Brandon, Superintendent
Felicia Cosby, Communications Officer
Public Information Office: 780-7100
For Immediate Release
May 18, 2010

Three Richmond Community High School
Seniors Receive Gates Millennium Scholarships

Three Richmond Community High School (RCHS) seniors have been named
2010 Gates Millennium Scholars.  The award includes renewable college
scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate studies.

The three RCHS seniors selected are Kalyne Coleman, Jasmine Frazier and
Chelsea Hopson.  Coleman, who posted a 4.72 grade point average, will
attend the University of Pennsylvania.  She has not declared a major.
Frazier graduates from RCHS with a 4.71 grade point average.  She will
attend the University of Maryland in College Park and will major in
biology and pre-med.  Hopson, who compiled a 4.85 grade point average,
is Richmond Community’s 2010 valedictorian.  She will attend Wake Forest
University and study pre-med.

The Gates Millennium Scholars program was started in 1999 with a $1
billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  It is the
nation’s largest minority scholarship program.  This year, 1,000
students representing 45 states, the District of Columbia and three U.S.
territories:  American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia and the
U.S. Virgin Islands, were selected.  Students must have a minimum 3.3
grade point average to be eligible for the scholarship.

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